Another year of Gold Glove winners, another season without a New York Mets player taking one home.
The first of the major awards were announced on November 3, with Major League Baseball handing out their Gold Glove Awards. The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were once again sans Mets players.
We already knew there wouldn’t be any Mets winning a Gold Glove this year. Nobody even became a finalist.
More from Rising Apple
- NY Mets News: Marcus Stroman sees “potential fit” with the Angels
- NY Mets were too “seek” and not enough “destroy” last winter
- NY Mets: 1 trade target to consider from each 100-loss team
- NY Mets: Top 12 free agents the team should look to sign this winter
- NY Mets: Jeff Wilpon’s legacy continues to plague the Amazins
The timing of the award announcement came the same weekend the team officially announced they would not pick up Juan Lagares’ option for 2020. This is important because Lagares is the last player to win one for the ball club. He took his home back in 2014.
Coincidentally, Lagares isn’t the only former Gold Glove winner the Mets moved on from recently. Joe Panik the award as a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2016. After refusing his reassignment, Panik opted for free agency. This crossed two former Gold Glove winners from the 2019 roster. Add in Carlos Gomez, a man the team decided to DFA earlier this year, and we have a trio of ex-top fielders who were in one way removed from the Mets in 2019.
Presently, three members of the roster own Gold Gloves. Marcus Stroman won his most recently, taking his in 2016. The other two are a little harder to remember.
In 2015, Yoenis Cespedes won a Gold Glove for his work with the Detroit Tigers. Apparently, he did enough before joining New York to win the award for the American League. Two years earlier, Robinson Cano won the second of his two. His first came in 2010.
The Mets don’t look like they have any serious contenders to win a Gold Glove in the coming season. Fielding was a weak point. However, there are multiple players thought to be available in trades or free agency who have fielding resumes that lend some hope.
If we’re going to see the Gold Glove drought end in Flushing, it will probably require the Mets to add a true center fielder. This is no guarantee and personal awards are, after all, hollow at times.
Want your voice heard? Join the Rising Apple team!
Nevertheless, a better glove in center fielder or anywhere else would help out the team exponentially. With any luck, Brodie Van Wagenen finds a way to improve their defense. Even if the end result doesn’t have hardware being handed over, if it leads to wins, the team is doing the right thing.