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Miami Marlins players Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna have been named as finalists for the Gold Glove award.
Just a day after taking home the coveted Hank Aaron award, Stanton may need to clear more space on his mantle. Besides hitting 59 home runs, Stanton also dazzled with his glove in 2017. Stanton’s glove work included diving catches, strong throws to the infield and even a leap over the wall.
Stanton has never taken home a Gold Glove, but has a real chance this time around. Even though the award is for defense, a player’s offensive contributions are often considered as well. Stanton saved runs often, when he wasn’t busy adding to the scoreboard on his own. Stanton’s at-bats became highlight reels, but his defensive ability was very evident as well.
Gordon flashed sparkling defense at second base, which should not have come as a surprise. Gordon picked up a Gold Glove in 2015 and hasn’t lost a step since then. Under the tutelage of infield coach Perry Hill, Gordon has quickly become one of the more sure-handed second basemen in the league. At the plate, Gordon was also a spark plug in 2017 and kicked off many Miami rallies.
Ozuna had a breakout year in 2017 with his bat as well as his glove. The outfielder went to the All-Star Game for a second straight season and could pick up some Most Valuable Player votes. Of this trio, Ozuna may have the best chance at winning a Gold Glove award. Ozuna has always been known for his strong arm, but he made some tremendous catches during the season as well. With Stanton and Christian Yelich next to him, Ozuna helped Miami had arguably the best outfield in the game.
The Gold Glove award winners will be announced on Nov. 17.