The Angels shined bright last night on the Gold Glove award show on ESPN, with Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Catcher Martín Maldonado earning the honors for the American League.
Simmons maintained his incredible defensive track record, saving 32 runs for the Angels this season. He beat out the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus, and the Indians’ Francisco Lindor. This is his first Gold Glove win for the Angels, and his third overall. The 28-year old made strides offensively too, and is among the best shortstops in the league.
Maldonado was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers last season in exchange for Jett Bandy, and he impressed with his glove and arm. He threw out 38.7% of baserunners, and caught an American League leading 137 games. He beat out Royals’ franchise piece Salvador Perez, and the Indians’ Yan Gomes.
Justin Upton was nominated, but was edged out by the Royals’ Alex Gordon, and Kole Calhoun fell short of the Red Sox star right fielder, Mookie Betts. Around the Diamond in the American League, Brian Dozier (MIN), Eric Hosmer (KC), Byron Buxton (MIN), and Marcus Stroman (TOR) won the prestigious award.
Maldonado and Simmons are the last duo on the Angels to achieve the honor since Bengie Molina and Darin Erstad in 2002, when the Angels won the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.
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