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Juan Lagares Deserving of NL Gold Glove Award

By Justin Weiss

Remember when…

Six years ago is distant memory in the world of baseball, as well as for Mets fans who haven’t witnessed a Gold Glove player since Carlos Beltran in 2008.

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But for Mets fans accustomed to the usual “Wait ’till next year” chant, the waiting should be over in 2014.

And not because the Mets are in the World Series (which they clearly aren’t) or because Jacob deGrom will likely win National League Rookie of the Year.

Juan Lagares, 25, is likely the paramount candidate to win a Gold Glove in centerfield after being nominated Thursday alongside Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Washington’s Denard Span.

You probably don’t need me to state the case for the Dominican Republic native. I’m going to do it anyway. Or actually, this video can do the talking:

And if that proof isn’t legitimate for you because you are a stats geek, check this out. This portraying a 2.67 Range Factor/Game as CF, which is on top the centerfield fielding list.

He commited a measly 5 errors this season; fifth of all centerfielders, and racked up an incredible 3.4 Defensive WAR; second in the majors.

He does a little bit of everything, making diving catches:

Leaping catches:

And making throwing out guys at the dish look easy:

You can probably state a case for Hamilton and Span, but something tells me they won’t be able to compete with Lagares.

When the NL Managers and coaches vote for the player to come away with the hardware on November 4th, it would be hard to imagine that Juan Lagares won’t come away with some.

Tommie Agee (1970) and Carlos Beltran (2006-08) will have company. There’s a new defensive wizard in town.