The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

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Last night the 2015 Gold Glove awards were awarded. There were very few surprises. Several players won for the second or more consecutive time but as always there were a few first time winners. Both second baseman Dee Gordon and Jose Altuve and both shortstops Brandon Crawford and Alcides Escobar were first time winners. Five of the six outfielders were first time winners with Jason Heyward being the only repeat winner.

These awards are given annually to one player at each position per league who exhibits “superior individual fielding performance”. It is currently voted on by managers and coaches. During it’s first year, 1957, the award was based on sportswriters votes. Then in 1958, players were allowed to vote and finally in 1965 the vote was switched to it current format.

The first year the award was only given to one player at each position regardless of league. In 1958, that changed to one player per position per league. Between 1961 and 2001, three awards were given to outfielders regardless of specific outfield position which often resulted in two or three center fielders being awarded Gold Gloves in the same season. Starting in 2012 awards have been given out based on the specific outfield position; 1 right fielder, 1 center fielder, and 1 left fielder.

Greg Maddux holds the record for most Gold Gloves won with 18. Brooks Robinson holds the record for most consecutive times won with 16. Darin Erstad is the only player to win as both an infielder and an outfielder. Placido Polanco is the only other player to win at multiple positions, second and third base. Ken and Clete Boyer, Sandy Alomar, Jr and Roberto Alomar, and Bengie and Yadier Molina are the only siblings to have won the award. Bobby and Barry Bonds and Bob and Bret Boone are the only father and sons to have won.

Like all awards, the Gold Glove is not without some controversy. Some feel it’s a popularity contest while others feel that some winners are voted on because of reputation or past performance. An example would be Rafael Palmeiro being awarded the 1999 AL first base Gold Glove despite only playing 28 games in the field. More recently, some point to Derek Jeter as proof of the popularity accusation. In recent years the saber community has come a long ways in quantifying defense. Defensive runs saved, ultimate zone rating and a whole host of others are starting to catch on and gaining momentum. Fans and front office personnel want to know who has defensive value and exactly how much they have.

 

Catchers

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Traditionally a position that values defensive ability over offensive output. Over the years there have been some exceptions but even today, for the most part, teams are willing to overlook offensive shortcomings if a player is adept at the defensive aspect of the position.

Ivan Rodriguez has won the most with 13. Rodriguez and Johnny Bench are tied with the most consecutive awards with 10.

Year National League American League
1957 Sherm Lollar Sherm Lollar
1958 Del Crandall Sherm Lollar
1959 Del Crandall Sherm Lollar
1960 Del Crandall Earl Battey
1961 Johnny Roseboro Earl Battey
1962 Del Crandall Earl Battey
1963 Johnny Edwards Elston Howard
1964 Johnny Edwards Elston Howard
1965 Joe Torre Bill Freehan
1966 Johnny Roseboro Bill Freehan
1967 Randy Hundley Bill Freehan
1968 Johnny Bench Bill Freehan
1969 Johnny Bench Bill Freehan
1970 Johnny Bench Ray Fosse
1971 Johnny Bench Ray Fosse
1972 Johnny Bench Carlton Fisk
1973 Johnny Bench Thurman Munson
1974 Johnny Bench Thurman Munson
1975 Johnny Bench Thurman Munson
1976 Johnny Bench Jim Sundberg
1977 Johnny Bench Jim Sundberg
1978 Bob Boone Jim Sundberg
1979 Bob Boone Jim Sundberg
1980 Gary Carter Jim Sundberg
1981 Gary Carter Jim Sundberg
1982 Gary Carter Bob Boone
1983 Tony Peńa Lance Parrish
1984 Tony Peńa Lance Parrish
1985 Tony Peńa Lance Parrish
1986 Jody Davis Bob Boone
1987 Mike LaValliere Bob Boone
1988 Benito Santiago Bob Boone
1989 Benito Santiago Bob Boone
1990 Benito Santiago Sandy Alomar, Jr.
1991 Tom Pagnozzi Tony Peńa
1992 Tom Pagnozzi Iván Rodríguez
1993 Kirt Manwaring Iván Rodríguez
1994 Tom Pagnozzi Iván Rodríguez
1995 Charles Johnson Iván Rodríguez
1996 Charles Johnson Iván Rodríguez
1997 Charles Johnson Iván Rodríguez
1998 Charles Johnson Iván Rodríguez
1999 Mike Lieberthal Iván Rodríguez
2000 Mike Matheny Iván Rodríguez
2001 Brad Ausmus Iván Rodríguez
2002 Brad Ausmus Bengie Molina
2003 Mike Matheny Bengie Molina
2004 Mike Matheny Iván Rodríguez
2005 Mike Matheny Jason Varitek
2006 Brad Ausmus Iván Rodríguez
2007 Russell Martin Iván Rodríguez
2008 Yadier Molina Joe Mauer
2009 Yadier Molina Joe Mauer
2010 Yadier Molina Joe Mauer
2011 Yadier Molina Matt Wieters
2012 Yadier Molina Matt Wieters
2013 Yadier Molina Salvador Pérez
2014 Yadier Molina Salvador Pérez
2015 Yadier Molina Salvador Pérez

 

First Base

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Generally considered to be one of the premier positions for players who are put up big offensive numbers. Players like Don Mattingly and Adrian Gonzalez who can both play top notch defense and still rake at the plate make them the envy of the league.

Keith Hernandez has won both the most (11) and the most consecutive, winning all 11 consecutively.

Year National League American League
1957 Gil Hodges Gil Hodges
1958 Gil Hodges Vic Power
1959 Gil Hodges Vic Power
1960 Bill White Vic Power
1961 Bill White Vic Power
1962 Bill White Vic Power
1963 Bill White Vic Power
1964 Bill White Vic Power
1965 Bill White Joe Pepitone
1966 Bill White Joe Pepitone
1967 Wes Parker George Scott
1968 Wes Parker George Scott
1969 Wes Parker Joe Pepitone
1970 Wes Parker Jim Spencer
1971 Wes Parker George Scott
1972 Wes Parker George Scott
1973 Mike Jorgensen George Scott
1974 Steve Garvey George Scott
1975 Steve Garvey George Scott
1976 Steve Garvey George Scott
1977 Steve Garvey Jim Spencer
1978 Keith Hernandez Chris Chambliss
1979 Keith Hernandez Cecil Cooper
1980 Keith Hernandez Cecil Cooper
1981 Keith Hernandez Mike Squires
1982 Keith Hernandez Eddie Murray
1983 Keith Hernandez Eddie Murray
1984 Keith Hernandez Eddie Murray
1985 Keith Hernandez Don Mattingly
1986 Keith Hernandez Don Mattingly
1987 Keith Hernandez Don Mattingly
1988 Keith Hernandez Don Mattingly
1989 Andrés Galarraga Don Mattingly
1990 Andrés Galarraga Mark McGwire
1991 Will Clark Don Mattingly
1992 Mark Grace Don Mattingly
1993 Mark Grace Don Mattingly
1994 Jeff Bagwell Don Mattingly
1995 Mark Grace J. T. Snow
1996 Mark Grace J. T. Snow
1997 J. T. Snow Rafael Palmeiro
1998 J. T. Snow Rafael Palmeiro
1999 J. T. Snow Rafael Palmeiro
2000 J. T. Snow John Olerud
2001 Todd Helton Doug Mientkiewicz
2002 Todd Helton John Olerud
2003 Derrek Lee John Olerud
2004 Todd Helton Darin Erstad
2005 Derrek Lee Mark Teixeira
2006 Albert Pujols Mark Teixeira
2007 Derrek Lee Kevin Youkilis
2008 Adrian Gonzalez Carlos Peńa
2009 Adrian Gonzalez Mark Teixeira
2010 Albert Pujols Mark Teixeira
2011 Joey Votto Adrian Gonzalez
2012 Adam LaRoche Mark Teixeira
2013 Paul Goldschmidt Eric Hosmer
2014 Adrian Gonzalez Eric Hosmer
2015 Paul Goldschmidt Eric Hosmer

 

Second Base

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A position that has featured some of the best hands the game has ever seen; Ryne Sandberg, Bill Mazeroski, and Lou Whitaker only scratch the surface. Huge offensive numbers are not required although, Sandberg, Joe Morgan, and Roberto Alomar proved you could have both in a second baseman.

Alomar has the most Gold Gloves among all second baseman with 10 and Ryne Sandberg has won the most consecutive with 9.

Year National League American League
1957 Nellie Fox Nellie Fox
1958 Bill Mazeroski Frank Bolling
1959 Charlie Neal Nellie Fox
1960 Bill Mazeroski Nellie Fox
1961 Bill Mazeroski Bobby Richardson
1962 Ken Hubbs Bobby Richardson
1963 Bill Mazeroski Bobby Richardson
1964 Bill Mazeroski Bobby Richardson
1965 Bill Mazeroski Bobby Richardson
1966 Bill Mazeroski Bobby Knoop
1967 Bill Mazeroski Bobby Knoop
1968 Glenn Beckert Bobby Knoop
1969 Félix Millán Davey Johnson
1970 Tommy Helms Davey Johnson
1971 Tommy Helms Davey Johnson
1972 Félix Millán Doug Griffin
1973 Joe Morgan Bobby Grich
1974 Joe Morgan Bobby Grich
1975 Joe Morgan Bobby Grich
1976 Joe Morgan Bobby Grich
1977 Joe Morgan Frank White
1978 Davey Lopes Frank White
1979 Manny Trillo Frank White
1980 Doug Flynn Frank White
1981 Manny Trillo Frank White
1982 Manny Trillo Frank White
1983 Ryne Sandberg Lou Whitaker
1984 Ryne Sandberg Lou Whitaker
1985 Ryne Sandberg Lou Whitaker
1986 Ryne Sandberg Frank White
1987 Ryne Sandberg Frank White
1988 Ryne Sandberg Harold Reynolds
1989 Ryne Sandberg Harold Reynolds
1990 Ryne Sandberg Harold Reynolds
1991 Ryne Sandberg Roberto Alomar
1992 José Lind Roberto Alomar
1993 Robby Thompson Roberto Alomar
1994 Craig Biggio Roberto Alomar
1995 Craig Biggio Roberto Alomar
1996 Craig Biggio Roberto Alomar
1997 Craig Biggio Chuck Knoblauch
1998 Bret Boone Roberto Alomar
1999 Pokey Reese Roberto Alomar
2000 Pokey Reese Roberto Alomar
2001 Fernando Vińa Roberto Alomar
2002 Fernando Vińa Bret Boone
2003 Luis Castillo Bret Boone
2004 Luis Castillo Bret Boone
2005 Luis Castillo Orlando Hudson
2006 Orlando Hudson Mark Grudzielanek
2007 Orlando Hudson Plácido Polanco
2008 Brandon Phillips Dustin Pedroia
2009 Orlando Hudson Plácido Polanco
2010 Brandon Phillips Robinson Canó
2011 Brandon Phillips Dustin Pedroia
2012 Darwin Barney Robinson Canó
2013 Brandon Phillips Dustin Pedroia
2014 DJ LeMahieu Dustin Pedroia
2015 Dee Gordon Jose Altuve

 

Third Base

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Much like the other corner infield spot, this is a position that almost requires a big bat at the expense of defensive ability. Players like Adrian Beltre, Mike Schmidt, and Nolan Arenado have started to change some minds.

The king of Gold Gloves lives here; Brooks Robinson not only has the most among third baseman but among all non-pitchers in both total (16) and consecutive (16).

Year National League American League
1957 Frank Malzone Frank Malzone
1958 Ken Boyer Frank Malzone
1959 Ken Boyer Frank Malzone
1960 Ken Boyer Brooks Robinson
1961 Ken Boyer Brooks Robinson
1962 Jim Davenport Brooks Robinson
1963 Ken Boyer Brooks Robinson
1964 Ron Santo Brooks Robinson
1965 Ron Santo Brooks Robinson
1966 Ron Santo Brooks Robinson
1967 Ron Santo Brooks Robinson
1968 Ron Santo Brooks Robinson
1969 Clete Boyer Brooks Robinson
1970 Doug Rader Brooks Robinson
1971 Doug Rader Brooks Robinson
1972 Doug Rader Brooks Robinson
1973 Doug Rader Brooks Robinson
1974 Doug Rader Brooks Robinson
1975 Ken Reitz Brooks Robinson
1976 Mike Schmidt Aurelio Rodríguez
1977 Mike Schmidt Graig Nettles
1978 Mike Schmidt Graig Nettles
1979 Mike Schmidt Buddy Bell
1980 Mike Schmidt Buddy Bell
1981 Mike Schmidt Buddy Bell
1982 Mike Schmidt Buddy Bell
1983 Mike Schmidt Buddy Bell
1984 Mike Schmidt Buddy Bell
1985 Tim Wallach George Brett
1986 Mike Schmidt Gary Gaetti
1987 Terry Pendleton Gary Gaetti
1988 Tim Wallach Gary Gaetti
1989 Terry Pendleton Gary Gaetti
1990 Tim Wallach Kelly Gruber
1991 Matt Williams Robin Ventura
1992 Terry Pendleton Robin Ventura
1993 Matt Williams Robin Ventura
1994 Matt Williams Wade Boggs
1995 Ken Caminiti Wade Boggs
1996 Ken Caminiti Robin Ventura
1997 Ken Caminiti Matt Williams
1998 Scott Rolen Robin Ventura
1999 Robin Ventura Scott Brosius
2000 Scott Rolen Travis Fryman
2001 Scott Rolen Eric Chavez
2002 Scott Rolen Eric Chavez
2003 Scott Rolen Eric Chavez
2004 Scott Rolen Eric Chavez
2005 Mike Lowell Eric Chavez
2006 Scott Rolen Eric Chavez
2007 David Wright Adrián Beltré
2008 David Wright Adrián Beltré
2009 Ryan Zimmerman Evan Longoria
2010 Scott Rolen Evan Longoria
2011 Plácido Polanco Adrián Beltré
2012 Chase Headley Adrián Beltré
2013 Nolan Arenado Manny Machado
2014 Nolan Arenado Kyle Seager
2015 Nolan Arenado Manny Machado

 

Shortstop

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The second position that teams were willing to live with a player who simply couldn’t hit as long as he could play stellar defense. And for the longest time thats pretty much what you got from your shortstop. Mark Belanger, Ozzie Smith, and Omar Vizquel have been the defensive standard. Then came Alex Rodriguez, Michael Young, Jimmy Rollins, and Troy Tulowitzki and teams are starting to find players who can do both.

Ozzie Smith has the most Gold Gloves among all shortstops and the most consecutive with 13.

Year National League American League
1957 Roy McMillan Roy McMillan
1958 Roy McMillan Luis Aparicio
1959 Roy McMillan Luis Aparicio
1960 Ernie Banks Luis Aparicio
1961 Maury Wills Luis Aparicio
1962 Maury Wills Luis Aparicio
1963 Bobby Wine Zoilo Versalles
1964 Rubйn Amaro, Sr. Luis Aparicio
1965 Leo Cбrdenas Zoilo Versalles
1966 Gene Alley Luis Aparicio
1967 Gene Alley Jim Fregosi
1968 Dal Maxvill Luis Aparicio
1969 Don Kessinger Mark Belanger
1970 Don Kessinger Luis Aparicio
1971 Bud Harrelson Mark Belanger
1972 Larry Bowa Ed Brinkman
1973 Roger Metzger Mark Belanger
1974 Dave Concepciуn Mark Belanger
1975 Dave Concepciуn Mark Belanger
1976 Dave Concepciуn Mark Belanger
1977 Dave Concepciуn Mark Belanger
1978 Larry Bowa Mark Belanger
1979 Dave Concepciуn Rick Burleson
1980 Ozzie Smith Alan Trammell
1981 Ozzie Smith Alan Trammell
1982 Ozzie Smith Robin Yount
1983 Ozzie Smith Alan Trammell
1984 Ozzie Smith Alan Trammell
1985 Ozzie Smith Alfredo Griffin
1986 Ozzie Smith Tony Fernбndez
1987 Ozzie Smith Tony Fernбndez
1988 Ozzie Smith Tony Fernбndez
1989 Ozzie Smith Tony Fernбndez
1990 Ozzie Smith Ozzie Guillйn
1991 Ozzie Smith Cal Ripken, Jr.
1992 Ozzie Smith Cal Ripken, Jr.
1993 Jay Bell Omar Vizquel
1994 Barry Larkin Omar Vizquel
1995 Barry Larkin Omar Vizquel
1996 Barry Larkin Omar Vizquel
1997 Rey Ordусez Omar Vizquel
1998 Rey Ordусez Omar Vizquel
1999 Rey Ordусez Omar Vizquel
2000 Neifi Pйrez Omar Vizquel
2001 Orlando Cabrera Omar Vizquel
2002 Edgar Renterнa Alex Rodriguez
2003 Edgar Renterнa Alex Rodriguez
2004 Cйsar Izturis Derek Jeter
2005 Omar Vizquel Derek Jeter
2006 Omar Vizquel Derek Jeter
2007 Jimmy Rollins Orlando Cabrera
2008 Jimmy Rollins Michael Young
2009 Jimmy Rollins Derek Jeter
2010 Troy Tulowitzki Derek Jeter
2011 Troy Tulowitzki Erick Aybar
2012 Jimmy Rollins J. J. Hardy
2013 Andrelton Simmons J.J. Hardy
2014 Andrelton Simmons J.J. Hardy
2015 Brandon Crawford Alcides Escobar

 

Outfield

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Photo credit: 1960sbaseball.com

Along with the two corner infield spots this is where your traditional big bats play defense. It can make for some interesting plays. That being said, some of the games most exciting defensive players roam the vast expanse known as the outfield.

Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente are tied for the most Gold Gloves among outfielders with 12 both earning all 12 in consecutive seasons.

Year National League National League National League American League American League American League
1957 Minnie Mińoso Al Kaline Willie Mays Willie Mays Al Kaline Minnie Mińoso
1958 Hank Aaron Frank Robinson Willie Mays Norm Siebern Al Kaline Jimmy Piersall
1959 Hank Aaron Jackie Brandt Willie Mays Jackie Jensen Al Kaline Minnie Mińoso
1960 Hank Aaron Wally Moon Willie Mays Jim Landis Roger Maris Minnie Mińoso
1961 Vada Pinson Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Jim Landis Al Kaline Jimmy Piersall
1962 Bill Virdon Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Jim Landis Al Kaline Mickey Mantle
1963 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Jim Landis Al Kaline Carl Yastrzemski
1964 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Jim Landis Al Kaline Vic Davalillo
1965 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Tom Tresh Al Kaline Carl Yastrzemski
1966 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Tommie Agee Al Kaline Tony Oliva
1967 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Paul Blair Al Kaline Carl Yastrzemski
1968 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Willie Mays Reggie Smith Mickey Stanley Carl Yastrzemski
1969 Curt Flood Roberto Clemente Pete Rose Paul Blair Mickey Stanley Carl Yastrzemski
1970 Tommie Agee Roberto Clemente Pete Rose Paul Blair Mickey Stanley Ken Berry
1971 Willie Davis Roberto Clemente Bobby Bonds Paul Blair Amos Otis Carl Yastrzemski
1972 Willie Davis Roberto Clemente César Cedeńo Paul Blair Bobby Murcer Ken Berry
1973 Willie Davis Bobby Bonds César Cedeńo Paul Blair Amos Otis Mickey Stanley
1974 César Gerónimo Bobby Bonds César Cedeńo Paul Blair Amos Otis Joe Rudi
1975 César Gerónimo Garry Maddox César Cedeńo Paul Blair Fred Lynn Joe Rudi
1976 César Gerónimo Garry Maddox César Cedeńo Dwight Evans Rick Manning Joe Rudi
1977 César Gerónimo Garry Maddox Dave Parker Juan Beníquez Al Cowens Carl Yastrzemski
1978 Ellis Valentine Garry Maddox Dave Parker Dwight Evans Fred Lynn Rick Miller
1979 Dave Winfield Garry Maddox Dave Parker Dwight Evans Fred Lynn Sixto Lezcano
1980 Dave Winfield Garry Maddox Andre Dawson Willie Wilson Fred Lynn Dwayne Murphy
1981 Dusty Baker Garry Maddox Andre Dawson Dwight Evans Rickey Henderson Dwayne Murphy
1982 Dale Murphy Garry Maddox Andre Dawson Dwight Evans Dave Winfield Dwayne Murphy
1983 Dale Murphy Willie McGee Andre Dawson Dwight Evans Dave Winfield Dwayne Murphy
1984 Dale Murphy Bob Dernier Andre Dawson Dwight Evans Dave Winfield Dwayne Murphy
1985 Dale Murphy Willie McGee Andre Dawson Dwight Evans Dave Winfield Dwayne Murphy
Gary Pettis
1986 Dale Murphy Willie McGee Tony Gwynn Kirby Puckett Gary Pettis Jesse Barfield
1987 Eric Davis Andre Dawson Tony Gwynn Kirby Puckett Dave Winfield Jesse Barfield
1988 Eric Davis Andre Dawson Andy Van Slyke Kirby Puckett Gary Pettis Devon White
1989 Eric Davis Tony Gwynn Andy Van Slyke Kirby Puckett Gary Pettis Devon White
1990 Barry Bonds Tony Gwynn Andy Van Slyke Gary Pettis Ellis Burks Ken Griffey, Jr.
1991 Barry Bonds Tony Gwynn Andy Van Slyke Kirby Puckett Devon White Ken Griffey, Jr.
1992 Barry Bonds Larry Walker Andy Van Slyke Kirby Puckett Devon White Ken Griffey, Jr.
1993 Barry Bonds Larry Walker Marquis Grissom Kenny Lofton Devon White Ken Griffey, Jr.
1994 Barry Bonds Darren Lewis Marquis Grissom Kenny Lofton Devon White Ken Griffey, Jr.
1995 Raúl Mondesí Steve Finley Marquis Grissom Kenny Lofton Devon White Ken Griffey, Jr.
1996 Barry Bonds Steve Finley Marquis Grissom Kenny Lofton Jay Buhner Ken Griffey, Jr.
1997 Barry Bonds Larry Walker Raúl Mondesí Bernie Williams Jim Edmonds Ken Griffey, Jr.
1998 Barry Bonds Larry Walker Andruw Jones Bernie Williams Jim Edmonds Ken Griffey, Jr.
1999 Steve Finley Larry Walker Andruw Jones Bernie Williams Shawn Green Ken Griffey, Jr.
2000 Steve Finley Jim Edmonds Andruw Jones Bernie Williams Jermaine Dye Darin Erstad
2001 Larry Walker Jim Edmonds Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Mike Cameron Ichiro Suzuki
2002 Larry Walker Jim Edmonds Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Darin Erstad Ichiro Suzuki
2003 José Cruz, Jr. Jim Edmonds Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Mike Cameron Ichiro Suzuki
2004 Steve Finley Jim Edmonds Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Vernon Wells Ichiro Suzuki
2005 Bobby Abreu Jim Edmonds Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Vernon Wells Ichiro Suzuki
2006 Mike Cameron Carlos Beltrán Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Vernon Wells Ichiro Suzuki
2007 Aaron Rowand Carlos Beltrán Andruw Jones Torii Hunter Grady Sizemore Ichiro Suzuki
Jeff Francoeur
2008 Nate McLouth Carlos Beltrán Shane Victorino Torii Hunter Grady Sizemore Ichiro Suzuki
2009 Michael Bourn Matt Kemp Shane Victorino Torii Hunter Adam Jones Ichiro Suzuki
2010 Michael Bourn Carlos González Shane Victorino Carl Crawford Franklin Gutiérrez Ichiro Suzuki
2011 Gerardo Parra Matt Kemp Andre Ethier Alex Gordon Jacoby Ellsbury Nick Markakis
2012 Carlos González Andrew McCutchen Jason Heyward Alex Gordon Adam Jones Josh Reddick
2013 Carlos González Carlos Gomez Gerardo Parra Alex Gordon Adam Jones Shane Victorino
2014 Christian Yelich Juan Lagares Jason Heyward Alex Gordon Adam Jones Nick Markakis
2015 Starling Marte A.J. Pollock Jason Heyward Yoenis Cespedes Kevin Kiermaier Kole Calhoun

 

Pitchers

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Not known as fielders, a pitcher’s defense can save him a run or as we’ve often seen in bloopers cost his team a run or two.

Greg Maddux has the most Gold Gloves of any player at any position in history with 18. Jim Kaat has the record for most consecutive Gold Gloves won by a pitcher with 14.

Year National Leauge American League
1957 Bobby Shantz Bobby Shantz
1958 Harvey Haddix Bobby Shantz
1959 Harvey Haddix Bobby Shantz
1960 Harvey Haddix Bobby Shantz
1961 Bobby Shantz Frank Lary
1962 Bobby Shantz Jim Kaat
1963 Bobby Shantz Jim Kaat
1964 Bobby Shantz Jim Kaat
1965 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1966 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1967 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1968 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1969 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1970 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1971 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1972 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1973 Bob Gibson Jim Kaat
1974 Andy Messersmith Jim Kaat
1975 Andy Messersmith Jim Kaat
1976 Jim Kaat Jim Palmer
1977 Jim Kaat Jim Palmer
1978 Phil Niekro Jim Palmer
1979 Phil Niekro Jim Palmer
1980 Phil Niekro Mike Norris
1981 Steve Carlton Mike Norris
1982 Phil Niekro Ron Guidry
1983 Phil Niekro Ron Guidry
1984 Joaquín Andújar Ron Guidry
1985 Rick Reuschel Ron Guidry
1986 Fernando Valenzuela Ron Guidry
1987 Rick Reuschel Mark Langston
1988 Orel Hershiser Mark Langston
1989 Ron Darling Bret Saberhagen
1990 Greg Maddux Mike Boddicker
1991 Greg Maddux Mark Langston
1992 Greg Maddux Mark Langston
1993 Greg Maddux Mark Langston
1994 Greg Maddux Mark Langston
1995 Greg Maddux Mark Langston
1996 Greg Maddux Mike Mussina
1997 Greg Maddux Mike Mussina
1998 Greg Maddux Mike Mussina
1999 Greg Maddux Mike Mussina
2000 Greg Maddux Kenny Rogers
2001 Greg Maddux Mike Mussina
2002 Greg Maddux Kenny Rogers
2003 Mike Hampton Mike Mussina
2004 Greg Maddux Kenny Rogers
2005 Greg Maddux Kenny Rogers
2006 Greg Maddux Kenny Rogers
2007 Greg Maddux Johan Santana
2008 Mike Mussina
2009 Greg Maddux Mark Buehrle
2010 Adam Wainwright Mark Buehrle
2011 Bronson Arroyo Mark Buehrle
2012 Clayton Kershaw Jeremy Hellickson
Mark Buehrle Jake Peavy
2013 Adam Wainwright R.A. Dickey
2014 Zack Greinke Dallas Keuchel
2015 Zack Greinke Dallas Keuchel

 

Defense has always been a big part of the game, in fact, it’s one third of the game. Sabermetrics are evolving and the launch of statcast and its continued evolution is only going to make us more aware of the impact that a single defensive play or player has on a game and season. It’s our ability to quantify, even in it’s infancy, that is starting to open our eyes to some players abilities that were simply taken for granted. I am looking forward to all the Omar Vizquel‘s and the Ozzie Smith‘s of tomorrow having numbers to back up claims of defensive greatness. As we see these become more mainstream and accessible I believe we’ll begin to see a shift in how managers and coaches vote for these awards.

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