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Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig Responds To Not Winning Gold Glove Award



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:

Yasiel Puig was not alone in his justifiable outrage. Here are some other responses to the news:

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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  1. Yasiel Puig is the best right fielder in the game period. Puig also probably has the best arm in the history of baseball.

  2. Puig was robbed. Doesn’t matter if you don’t like his style. He is the best right fielder in the game.

  3. I’ve never heard once of anyone being afraid to run on Jason Hayward, I can name multiple people who’ve gotten doubles that they settled for singles on when they hit the ball to right field. Puig was robbed, seems the BBWAA’s crush on the Cubs continues.

  4. Puig was (is) clearly the best right fielder in the game, and I’m a Giants fan who doesn’t like him at all.

  5. Very disappointed! We know who was best right fielder this year. Sometimes you can’t win a popularity contest. Congrats to a great year for National Leagues best right fielder, Yasiel Puig.

  6. Very disappointed! We know who was best right fielder this year. Sometimes you can’t win a popularity contest. Congrats to a great year for National Leagues best right fielder, Yasiel Puig.

  7. Puig was robbed of the award he earned and deserved. How can you compare a guy who played approximately 31 less games at said position and give him the award???

  8. Just goes to show how his exuberance for the GAME rubs people the wrong way. Go get it next year!

  9. YASIEL was the best at his position. His hustle, his speed, and his determination along with pure raw talent, and a God’s gift of a right arm, what more could baseball ask for. Even the great Roberto Clemente would agree!

  10. Yas was robbed period !! He is our gold glove winner no matter what they say! The best cannon in right field in MLB! Puig go get whats rightfully yours… Gold Glove & World Series Ring MVP Baby… Lets go Dodgers !

  11. Rigged as usual, Dodgers are not the fair-haired child/team !!
    Look at the umpiring in the World Series , one team is picked by MLB to win and all the breaks are given to them 🙁
    Last year was the “storybook ending “ for the Cubs!!
    Many clubs/owners/managements are jealous of the Dodgers money making abilities and attendance records!!

  12. This is what i tweeted:
    #WheresPuigsGoldGlove ? This is a travesty that @YasielPuig did not win a #GoldGlove . What does the man need to do? Did you not see all his great catches and throws @MLB #thewildhorse Yasiel Puig was #GoldGloveWorthy. East Coast bias is awful We were robbed #280characters

  13. Yasiel Puig should have won I agree but I also recogonize the gold glove is many times a popularity contest. Buster Posey won a gold glove for crying out loud last year. Posey docent block balls in the dirt doesn’t call a very good game, has a decent arm but he is at best a middle of the pack catcher and he again was in the top thee vote getters this year.

  14. The MLB can stick this year’s award right up there ass. For all the Dodger players that were finalist and got snubbed, the MLB will pay for it next year. Dodgers will be top team next year and win it all. Its funny to me how ever sport hates on LA wheater or teams are doing good or bad. One more thing MLB. Baseball is a sport not a fuckin presidential election. Take your ratings on a player and shove them up your ass.

  15. I didn’t see much of the other candidates because I was always watching the Dodgers. All I know is that they would have to be really, really good to be better than Yasiel. I have been a Dodger fan since Carl Furillo was playing right field and Yasiel has the best arm out there that I have seen. The “Polish Rifle” could bring it but I believe Yas can do it also. And to top that off….he is a good man. Hang in there Wild Horse. You will get ’em next year

  16. I think the metrics don’t account for intermittently awesome plays in the midst of routinely excellent play. We need to re-assess the Sabrmetrics so they include extra points for critically outstanding plays. He does have an immeasurably awesome arm!

  17. It should have been Puig all the way. He was robbed. He was so spectacular in right field.

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