The Rawlings Gold Glove award is nothing to smirk at in Major League Baseball. This is one of the more prestigious awards in the game because it means a player is among the best of all of the players at his position, if not the best. Because of those facts it is rare to even mention a rookie’s name in the mix for the Gold Glove but Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado is bucking that trend. He is a front runner for the award and should probably be voted on as the winner.
In the National League there isn’t a healthy, standout superstar at third base. Chipper Jones retired and other big names have had off years so it becomes very possible that Arenado could be chosen as the N.L. winner at that spot. His stats are right there with the best in the game among all defensive infielders, not just third basemen. Check out the replays on any of the Rockies’ games and chances are you will find a highlight of Arenado in there.
Flashy stuff aside, he also makes all of the solid plays that are required at the hot corner. The deck is only stacked against Arenado because he is a rookie. Chances are if he were not a rookie and had the exact same stats that he has this season, he would be a standout easy choice for the award. One final point would surround around Arenado’s manager. Obviously managers can possibly be a little biased so they aren’t allowed to vote on their own players. At the same time Walt Weiss’ opinion of who is a great infielder really matters and he says Arenado is one of the best. That’s enough for me; give him the Gold Glove.