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10/21/2022

The 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards

Even as the MLB postseason comes to a close, you can still count on some off the field drama with the MLB Award selections! If you pay close attention to the postseason baseball awards you'll know that the ones that garner quite a bit of attention are the Rookie of the Year, Cy Young, MVP and Manager of the Year awards.

However, the one that possibly creates the most mystique and aura is the Rawlings Gold Glove award. There is just something special about seeing a smooth shortstop dive in the hole with his Pro Preferred to nab a runner with his throw to first. Or to see a center fielder bang into the wall, make the grab and still hold onto the ball with his Heart of the Hide. Obviously, it's exciting to see who ends up winning the award each season, but it's also cool to know a little bit of the history of the award too. If you keep reading we'll treat you to discovering a bit more about the award and who might win a Gold Glove this fall!

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When Was The Rawlings Gold Glove Award Invented?

Rawlings gave out the first Gold Glove Awards to who they deemed to be the best nine defenders in Major League Baseball during 1957. In 1958, they increased the number of players that received the award to 18 (nine players from both the American and National League). 

The Gold Glove Award was a genius idea by Rawlings! A defensive award had not been given out with regularity until 1957. And due to effort and shrewd marketing over the years, the Gold Glove Awards have been given each year to the best defenders in Major League Baseball since 1957. And those trophies still bear the name "Rawlings" on them. It is no wonder that when fielders look for a quality glove to purchase, they commonly settle on buying Rawlings. 

And as you might have guessed, MLB players that wear Rawlings gloves are the most frequent winners of this illustrious award. It's not because the voters for the award are biased towards Rawlings (the award is voted on by MLB managers and coaches [75% of vote] plus SABR Defensive Index [25% of vote] is used too), it is just that when skilled defenders decide on their favorite brand of glove to wear, it is difficult not to choose the brand that is most commonly associated with the best defenders in the game.

Nellie Fox's Gold Glove Award[Nellie Fox's Rawlings Gold Glove Award from 1957]

 

Who Has Won The Most Gold Glove Awards?

Greg Maddux has won 18 Gold Gloves awards which is the most in MLB History. It is pretty crazy that a pitcher has been selected for the award the most times as pitchers typically are not well known for their defense.

Tied for second place with 16 Gold Glove Awards are pitcher Jim Kaat and legendary third baseman Brooks Robinson. Brooks was nicknamed "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" during his career that spanned parts of 24 seasons for the Baltimore Orioles. Watch his highlight below from the 1970 World Series and you'll understand how he earned his nickname and also why he won 16 Gold Gloves...

And we'd be remiss if we did not mention Ozzie Smith (aka the Wizard of Oz). A winner of 13 Gold Gloves himself, he actually played 15 seasons of his career in St. Louis, MO which is the hometown of Rawlings! Ozzie was electric with the glove as he had lightning quick reflexes at shortstop that allowed him to dive, dip and dazzle at the toughest position on a ball diamond. However, we can't mention Ozzie without at least showing a clip of his signature backflip to which he treated fans each opening day. Enjoy...

 

The 2022 Gold Glove Winners

ESPN announced the official winners of the 2022 Rawlings Gold Gloves Awards. Check below to see the winners of the Gold Glove at every position within both the National League and American League...

American League

Pitcher

  • Shane Bieber

Catcher

  • Jose Trevino

First Base

  • Vladimir Guerrero, Jr.

Second Base

  • Andres Gimenez

Short Stop

  • Jeremy Pena

Third Base

  • Ramon Urias

Left Field

  • Steven Kwan

Center Field

  • Myles Straw

Right Field

  • Kyle Tucker

Utility

  • DJ LeMahieu

 

National League

Pitcher

  • Max Fried

Catcher

  • J.T. Realmuto

First Base

  • Christian Walker

Second Base

  • Brendan Rodgers

Short Stop

  • Dansby Swanson

Third Base

  • Nolan Arenado

Left Field

  • Ian Happ

Center Field

  • Trent Grisham

Right Field

  • Mookie Betts

Utility

  • Brendan Donovan

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Now you should be all geared up for the official Gold Glove Award announcement on 11/1! If you have any ballglove related questions come up, please reach out to our in house Experts at JustGloves. They can be reached through phone at 866-321-4568. Through email via experts@justgloves.com. Or you can reach them by using our chat feature right here. Remember...JustGloves is here for you from Click To Catch!

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