As selected by the managers and various coaches in each league, the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove recipients were recognized Tuesday night.
The San Francisco Giants led the way with a sweep of the awards in each category a Giants players was a finalist for. Buster Posey dethroned Yadier Molina, who had an eight-year run as the top catcher in the National League. Double-play partners Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik took home NL shortstop and second base honors, respectively.
Now that the dust has settled, the nine Gold Glove winners from each league will set their sights on the Platinum Glove, which is awarded to the top two defensive players in Major League Baseball, as determined by both fan voting and a sabermetric component.
Winner: Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
Did you know? Buster Posey’s first Gold Glove ends Yadier Molina’s eight-year reign winning the award.
NL 1st Base
Winner: Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
Did you know? Anthony Rizzo is the youngest first baseman in Cubs history (27) to win a Gold Glove.
NL 2nd Base
Winner: Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
NL 3rd Base
Winner: Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
Winner: Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
Did you know? Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik are the first National League middle-infield duo to win Gold Gloves in a season since 2002.
NL Left Field
Winner: Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
NL Center Field
Winner: Ender Inciarte – Atlanta Braves
NL Right Field
Winner: Jason Heyward – Chicago Cubs
Did you know? Jason Heyward is the youngest outfielder in Cubs history to win a Gold Glove.
Winner: Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks
Winner: Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals
AL First Base
Winner: Mitch Moreland – Texas Rangers
AL Second Base
Winner: Ian Kinsler – Detroit Tigers
Did you know? This is Ian Kinsler‘s first Gold Glove Award, and the first Tigers second baseman to win it since Placido Polanco in 2009. Kinsler had a 12 DRS, and hasn’t won despite having a 19, and 20 DRS in the last two seasons.
AL Third Base
Winner: Adrian Beltre – Texas Rangers
Winner: Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians
Did you know? Francisco Lindor is the first Indians shortstop Gold Glove winner since Omar Vizquel in 2001.
AL Left Field
Winner: Brett Gardner – New York Yankees
AL Center Field
Winner: Kevin Kiermaier – Tampa Bay Rays
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Did you know? Kevin Kiermaier wins his second consecutive Gold Glove despite only appearing in 104 games this season.
AL Right FIeld
Winner: Mookie Betts – Boston Red Sox
Winner: Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros