Shocking Braves player named Gold Glove finalist

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Rawlings rarely gets the Gold Glove right, and it’s gotten so bad that it’s almost laughable. However, the award remains the most coveted from a defensive standpoint, so we have to talk about it. Rawlings just released their Gold Glove finalists for 2023, and three Braves were recognized, one of which will catch everybody by surprise.

Yes, you read that correctly. Eddie Rosario is a Gold Glove finalist. Now, I know left fielders aren’t typically known for their defense, but I don’t even have to look at the numbers to know Rosario has no business sniffing a Gold Glove. If he wins, we really have to stop taking this award seriously.

In terms of more deserving candidates, the Braves had two. The first being Austin Riley

Riley’s a pleasant surprise. In the past, he’s been praised for his highlight plays, but the consistency was not up to par with the other elite defensive third baseman. That changed in 2023, particularly over the last half of the season. I don’t think he’ll end up winning the Gold Glove this year, but it definitely could be in the cards in the future.

The other noteworthy aspect of the third base finalists is the absence of Nolan Arenado. This is Arenado’s 11th year in the majors, and he’s won a Gold Glove 10 times. The Cardinals and Arenado were massive disappointments this year, but I’m shocked not to see him as a finalist.

The final Brave nominated was Michael Harris II.

Harris is one of the best defensive centerfielders in the game, as we saw in the NLDS. He should have been nominated a year ago, but it seems because he was called up in the middle of the season that he wasn’t considered. That’s not the case this time around. Harris will be a Gold Glove finalist for many years to come.

Photographer: Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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