A’s outfielders Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes are both finalists for Gold Glove awards, Major League Baseball announced Friday.
Reddick is trying to repeat after being honored with his first Gold Glove last season in right field. Baltimore’s Nick Markakis and Boston’s Shane Victorino are the other finalists. Cespedes is up for the left field award along with Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, a two-time winner, and Detroit’s Andy Dirks.
American League managers and coaches already cast their Gold Glove votes. Winners will be announced Tuesday at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.
In past years, the awards were determined solely by the managers’ and coaches’ votes. This year, defensive metrics devised by the Society of American Baseball Research will account for approximately 25 percent of the vote. Among the criteria involved in the SABR Defensive Index are Defensive Runs Saved, Ultimate Zone Rating and Runs Effectively Defended.
Reddick’s range and strong arm have earned him a reputation as one of the game’s best right fielders. Cespedes’ strong arm kept runners in check on the bases this season and surely was a main reason he got the vote from opposing coaches.
Reddick’s nine assists tied him with Victorino, Detroit’s Torii Hunter and Texas’ Alex Rios for most among AL right fielders. Cespedes’ nine assists ranked fifth among left fielders.