Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager were finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award this year. Puig went up against Cub’s Jason Heyward and Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton. Seager went up against Giant’s Brandon Crawford and Phillies’ Freddy Galvis. It has been quite a while since a Dodger outfielder (Matt Kemp/Andre Ethier 2011) and a Dodger shortstop won the award (César Izturis 2004), and the wait will continue.
On Tuesday, Rawlings announced that Jason Heyward and Brandon Crawford had taken home the award for their respective positions. This is Heyward’s fifth Gold Glove Award (fourth in a row) and Crawford’s third Gold Glove Award in a row.
Here is what Yasiel Puig had to say about the news:
No matter what they do or how much they try to keep me from it. I will win a Gold Glove next year, I'm coming back for what I deserve.
— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) November 8, 2017
Yasiel Puig was not alone in his justifiable outrage. Here are some other responses to the news:
— Ned Colletti (@realnedcolletti) November 8, 2017
Jason Hayward was a platoon right fielder and doesn't even deserve to be in the same breath as Yasiel Puig. I'm livid.
— Frank Lopez ?? (@BeisbolFrank) November 8, 2017
Yas not getting Gold Glove lowers the value of the award! He was by FAR the BEST Right Fielder in NL!!
— Orel Hershiser (@OrelHershiser) November 8, 2017
Puig didn’t win the Gold Glove for RF’s in NL… what an absolute joke.
— Randi ?? (@dodgers_randi) November 8, 2017
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group, SDI rankings account for about 25 percent of the Gold Glove Award voting formula. According to SABR.org, SDI (SABR Defensive Index) rankings are:
…derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play accounts. The three metrics representing batted ball data include Defensive Runs Saved from Baseball Info Solutions, Ultimate Zone Rating developed by noted sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman, and Runs Effectively Defended based on STATS Zone Rating and built by SABR Defensive Committee member Chris Dial. The two metrics included in the SDI originating from play-by-play data are Defensive Regression Analysis, created by committee member Michael Humphreys, and Total Zone Rating.
Jason Heyward’s SDI number was the highest of any position player in the National League at 12.8. Yasiel Puig’s SDI number was 8th overall and 2nd among National League right fielders at 9.5. Also important to note, Heyward played 111 games at right field, whereas Puig played 141 games at right field.
What do you think about this? Do you think Yasiel Puig deserved the award or was he robbed? Let us know in the comments below!
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