The Canadian Press, The Associated Press
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman is a Gold Glove winner for the first time in his career.
Major League Baseball announced the winners of the award - which recognizes a player at each position's defensive abilities throughout the season - on Tuesday night.
Stroman beat out Boston left-hander Chris Sale and Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb in the American League pitcher category.
Canada's Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds was up for the award among NL first basemen but lost out to Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt, who won his third career Gold Glove.
Stroman had a fielding percentage of .979 over his 33 starts (201 innings) in 2017. He made nine putouts, helped turn six double plays and made one error.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award, while Twins centre fielder Byron Buxton headlines a group of six first-time winners.
Arenado, Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward and Royals left fielder Alex Gordon were each honoured for the fifth time, most among this year's winners.
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu got his second Gold Glove, joining Arenado in a banner year for the NL West. Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke won for the fourth time in a row. Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford won for the third consecutive year at shortstop.
The World Series-winning Astros and NL champion Dodgers were both shut out. Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel had won the past three years, but was edged by Stroman.
Buxton and Twins second baseman Brian Dozier were also among the first-time winners. The group also includes Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, who ended a four-year reign by Royals backstop Salvador Perez. Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart and Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna also won for the first time.
KC first baseman Eric Hosmer received his fourth Gold Glove.