As if the season wasn’t full of enough glory, multiple Red Sox players took home additional hardware.
While many New England area fans were watching the Patriots defeat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, it was announced that three Red Sox players were able to take home Gold Glove awards.
2B: Ian Kinsler
Yes, the Red Sox mid-season acquisition takes home his second career Gold Glove. It’s easy to remember his defensive blunder in Game 3 of the World Series; however he had a .984 fielding percentage and had plenty of highlight reel plays that solidified his glove in gold.
— MLB (@MLB) August 3, 2018
RF: Mookie Betts
It’s absolutely true that Markus Lynn Betts can do it all. The Red Sox leadoff hitter was a terror at the plate for pitchers to deal with, likely leading to an AL MVP trophy. In addition to a game-altering bat, Mookie’s glove is equally as good.
Playing right field in Fenway Park is no easy task, but Betts handles it season after season. He’s very clearly one of the most talented players in all of baseball and he was able to capture his third Gold Glove.
Mookie Betts proving why he’s a gold glove right fielder again and again. pic.twitter.com/iIWmZpZHoi
— Crooked Numbers Podcast (@Crooked_Numbers) May 13, 2018
It’s truly quite perplexing that this is JBJ’s first career Gold Glove honor. He’s been arguably the best defensive centerfielder in all of baseball for a couple of seasons, but was finally able to steal the award from the likes of Kevin Kiermaier, Byron Buxton, and others.
Due to the nature of the stiff competition in the American League, Jackie had been relegated to “waiting for next year” for the past couple of seasons. However, it’s been a storybook season for JBJ and the Red Sox, as he was able to capture the ALCS MVP, his first Gold Glove, and a World Series title.
The beloved Red Sox centerfielder has been a staple in highlight reels around baseball, and should be for years to come.
A better look at Jackie Bradley’s catch. pic.twitter.com/e1kpxHJS6T
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) July 1, 2018
It’s fantastic for this Red Sox team to be honored with multiple Gold Glove winners, but it’s amazing to think that there may be multiple future winners as well. Andrew Benintendi was deserving of a future award, and likely could have won this season, had it not been for Alex Gordon.
Keep in mind, if Rafael Devers follows the path of Adrian Beltre, he may be trending in the right direction defensively. He flashed improvement throughout the postseason – a sight that the Red Sox are thankful to see. Despite impressive improvement, it still will be likely to capture a Gold Glove with Alex Bregman and Matt Chapman in the American League.