Monday, October 30, 2017
Yankees outfielders Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are among the finalists for an American League Gold Glove Award, given annually since 1957 to the standout defensive players at each position in each league.
The Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners will be announced on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. One player from each league will also be named a Platinum Glove Award winner.
Gardner is vying for his second defensive honor after taking home his first Gold Glove Award in 2016. In doing so, he became the first Yankees outfielder to win the award since Bernie Williams won four in a row from 1997-2000.
He’s competing against the Royals’ Alex Gordon and the Angels’ Justin Upton in left field.
Judge, meanwhile, can add some hardware to an incredible rookie campaign that included an AL-leading 52 home runs. The 25-year-old is a near-lock to win AL Rookie of the Year and among the candidates for the AL Most Valuable Player Award.
Judge is up against the Angels’ Kole Calhoun and the Red Sox’s Mookie Betts in right field.
Gardner has a good chance, since they love to keep giving the award to a player once they start giving the award to a player. Judge, though, should have no chance against a legit stud rightfielder like Betts (dude’s a guy who could play second or center field, of COURSE he’s a great right fielder), but hey, people like to vote for players for weird reasons, so maybe Judge could eke a win out.
In other news, Kevin Long is possibly being considered for the Yankees Hitting Coach gig, as it looks like the Yankees might just clean house. I liked Long a lot, so I’d be okay with it, but I also think Alan Cockrell seems to be doing an okay job (and I really like his assistant, Marcus Thames).
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