Three Oakland A’s among MLB’s Gold Glove finalists

A’s infield anchors Matt Chapman and Matt Olson and catcher Sean Murphy were recognized among the top defensive players in the game on Thursday and named finalists for the Gold Glove Award.

The winners of the award, which recognizes each league’s best defensive players at each position, will be announced Nov. 7. The announcement on Thursday was to reveal the final three players at every position as picked by MLB managers and coaches with input from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Olson and Chapman won Gold Gloves in 2018 and 2019.

Olson was the A’s lone finalist last season. In 2021, he led American League first baseman in fielding percentage (.995), total chances (1,235), was tied for second in assists (73), and ranked second in putouts (1,156).

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 16: Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson (28) catches the ball at first base for the final out of the ninth inning against Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton (10) in a MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The Athletics defeated the Angels 8-4. (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) 

Olson also was named a finalist for the Silver Slugger Award earlier this week as the A’s top-hitting first baseman, along with Toronot’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Houston’s Yuli Gurriel.

The only other A’s first baseman to win a Gold Glove was Mark McGwire in 1990.

Chapman led Major League third basemen with a .987 fielding percentage, ranked first in total chances (446) and putouts (166), ranked second in double plays (38), and was fourth in assists (274).

Oakland Athletics’ Matt Chapman (26) is awarded the 2018 Rawlings Gold and Platinum Glove Awards before their MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, March 29, 2019. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

The putouts are the most by a third baseman since Darrell Evans had 185 for Atlanta in 1974. His .9865 fielding percentage fell just shy of the Oakland record of .9872 (386-for-391) set by Eric Chavez in 2006. Chavez won six straight Gold Gloves from 2001-06.

In addition to his two previous Gold Gloves, Chapman has twice won Platinum Gloves as the top defensive player in baseball.

Murphy is looking to become the first catcher in A’s history to win a Gold Glove. He was tied for third among MLB catchers in defensive runs saved (10) and ranked fourth among AL catchers in ERA (3.99).

OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 10: Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy (12) stands at home plate while playing the Kansas City Royals in the third inning of their MLB game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group) 

Here’s a look at all the finalists.

AMERICAN LEAGUEPITCHERJosé Berríos, Blue JaysZack Greinke, AstrosDallas Keuchel, White SoxCATCHERMartín Maldonado, AstrosSean Murphy, A’sSalvador Perez, RoyalsFIRST BASEYuli Gurriel, AstrosMatt Olson, A’sJared Walsh, AngelsSECOND BASEDavid Fletcher, AngelsWhit Merrifield, RoyalsMarcus Semien, Blue JaysTHIRD BASEMatt Chapman, A’sJosé Ramírez, IndiansJoey Wendle, RaysSHORTSTOPCarlos Correa, AstrosJ.P. Crawford, MarinersAndrelton Simmons, TwinsLEFT FIELDRandy Arozarena, RaysAndrew Benintendi, RoyalsLourdes Gurriel Jr., Blue JaysCENTER FIELDKevin Kiermaier, RaysMyles Straw, IndiansMichael A. Taylor, RoyalsRIGHT FIELDHunter Renfroe, Red SoxKyle Tucker, AstrosJoey Gallo, Yankees

NATIONAL LEAGUEPITCHERZach Davies, CubsMax Fried, BravesZack Wheeler, PhilliesCATCHERYadier Molina, CardinalsJ.T. Realmuto, PhilliesJacob Stallings, PiratesFIRST BASEFreddie Freeman, BravesPaul Goldschmidt, CardinalsMax Muncy, DodgersSECOND BASEOzzie Albies, BravesTommy Edman, CardinalsKolten Wong, BrewersTHIRD BASENolan Arenado, CardinalsManny Machado, PadresRyan McMahon, RockiesSHORTSTOPBrandon Crawford, GiantsFrancisco Lindor, MetsKevin Newman, PiratesLEFT FIELDTyler O’Neill, CardinalsDavid Peralta, D-backsAJ Pollock, DodgersCENTER FIELDHarrison Bader, CardinalsBryan Reynolds, PiratesJackie Bradley Jr., BrewersRIGHT FIELDMookie Betts, Dodgers,Mike Yastrzemski, GiantsAdam Duvall, Braves

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Author: Laurence Miedema