For the first time in the 64-year history of the Rawlsing Gold Glove Award, one club from each league was awarded the Team Gold Glove Award in 2020. The inaugural Gold Glove Team Award was given to Indians in the American League, and the first in the National League
For the first time in the 64-year history of the Rawlsing Gold Glove Award, one club from each league was awarded the Team Gold Glove Award in 2020. The inaugural Gold Glove Team Award was given to the Indians in the American League, and went to the first Cubs in the National League, as announced on the MLB Network on Friday night.
The winners of the inaugural Gold Glove Team Awards were determined based on the SABR Defensive Index, which includes data from Statcast, Sports Info Solutions and STATS, LLC, as well as traditional and advanced metrics.
Cleveland led all AL clubs with 27 defensive runs saved in 2020, three more than second-place Rays. The tribe was led defensively by Roberto Perez and second baseman Cesar Hernández, who won both individual gold gloves, as well as shortstop Francisco Lindor, first baseman Carlos Santana and center fielder Oscar Mercado.
Perez, who has won one Gold Glove each of the past two seasons, led the AL catchers in 2020 with six defensive runs. Lindor led the Indians above average by five, second only among the shortstops in the majors, Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. . AL finished second among second baseman in both Hernandez DRS (six) and OAA (four). And Mercado finished second among AL center fielders with an ultimate field rating per 150 games of 20.7.
First-time Gold Glove Award winner Xavier Bays led a tremendous Cubs with seven DRS, finishing third in MLB shortstop. His double-play partner, Rocky Nico Horner, excelled at second base, with five DRS of his own. On first base, Anthony Rizzo won his third career Gold Glove Award, finishing with three DRs. And right-hander Kyle Hendrick on the mound was tied for second place among Major League pitchers with three DRs.
Mani Randhawa is a reporter for Denver-based MLB.com. Follow her on twitter @MannyOnMLB.