Known for his batting power, Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is also capable of making the difference defensively. He received the Golden Glove for his position in the American League on Tuesday.
The son of the former Montreal Expos star became the first member of the Jays to win this distinction at this position, he who recorded three points saved this season, a career high. He also started his career at third base before making the transition two years ago.
Guerrero has taken part in 128 games this season and he has only made 10 errors. This is a great progression for Guerrero, whose defensive play was his main weakness at the start of his career according to several observers.
At the Jays, he succeeds Marcus Semien, who won that second-base title last year. Matt Chapman, at third base, was edged out by Ramon Urias of the Baltimore Orioles, while pitcher Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians was favored over Jose Berrios.
The other representatives of Canada's only Major League Baseball team, Jackie Bradley Jr. (right fielder) and Whit Merrifield (utility player), also bit the dust.
The Cleveland Guardians showed one of the best defensive performances from the American this year and it was all reflected in the presentation of the Golden Gloves. The work of Shane Bieber (pitcher), Andres Gimenez (second baseman), Steven Kwan (left field) and Myles Straw (center field) was recognized.
It is the managers and coaches of the teams who vote for the recipients, without however being able to give their support to their own players. Voting is weighted, so 75% of the score comes from the ballot, with the rest based on the SABR Defensive Index.
Golden Gloves Winners
Shane Bieber (pitcher, Cleveland Guardians)
Jose Trevino (receiver, New York Yankees York)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (first baseman, Toronto Blue Jays)
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