Jul 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman David Wright (5) throws to first for an out during the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Atlanta Braves won 2-1. Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

David Wright & Eric Young, Jr. Are Gold Glove Award Finalists


The finalists for the Gold Glove awards at each position in each league were announced today, and there were two Mets on the list.

David Wright is a finalist at third base, though his time on the disabled list during the second half of the season may impact his candidacy.  Along with Wright, Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Juan Uribe of the Dodgers are up for the award.

Eric Young, Jr. is a finalist in left field.  His competitors for the award are Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and Starling Marte of the Pirates.

The winners will be announced on October 29th.

Thoughts:

It’s very hard to take these awards seriously.  David Wright was clearly the best third baseman in the league last year, but lost the award to Chase Headley.  This year, there’s one Met who should be a finalist but isn’t (Juan Lagares), and another who shouldn’t be a finalist but is (Eric Young, Jr).

Lagares isn’t a finalist for the award in center field.  He only played 121 games, but he was certainly one of the top three center fielders in the league.  Lagares was tremendous in every way, and this award will likely be his in 2014 if he plays a full season in center field.

Eric Young, Jr. was named a finalist in left field.  Young made some tremendous catches, but many of them were due to poor breaks and/or routes.  He also has one of the worst outfield arms of any active player.

 

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  • Agee’s Catch

    Lagares was robbed

  • Jason Arias

    Obvious example that they really don’t watch everything a player does when coming up with these. Lagares was robbed for making everything look easy while EY is rewarded for making everything look difficult.

  • Joe.02

    Lagares was a rookie and only played about 1/2 a season out there so it is not really totally unjust or anything for him not to get the nod, though there is a good argument for him getting it.

    But, even taking into consideration that the awards are not pure merit (what award is? take the Oscars, for instance), EY is a somewhat strange top pick. I have seen some Mets fans go the other way — they have called his defense horrible. An exaggeration, but still, he’s imperfect enough to make it fairly obvious. Unlike a Jeter, e.g., he isn’t exactly a superstar. The field for that position must be somewhat lackluster this year.

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