Albert Pujols, Kole Calhoun fall short for Rawlings Gold Glove’s

By Ryan Ritchey

Rawlings Gold Gloves were handed out on Tuesday night and Los Angeles Angels’ finalists Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun both came up empty. Managers and coaches make up 75 percent of the vote while 25 percent comes from sabermetrics.

Pujols was beat out by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer, who won it for the second straight season. It is hard to argue that Hosmer didn’t deserve it, but Pujols still had a fabulous season at first base. He was able to save six runs on defense this season and was nine runs above average in ultimate zone rating per 150 innings which brings all aspects of defense together. Pujols hasn’t won a Gold Glove since 2010, but is a two time overall winner.

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Kole Calhoun was a finalists in his first full season but was beat out by Nick Markakis. He also had a solid season in the outfield but it just wasn’t enough to win the award this time around. He also was good in the sabermetric department, saving two runs this season while Markakis only saved one.

Doug Glanville made a great point on the broadcast that Markakis was very fundamental and was very mistake free in the outfield. That could have earned him the award with the coaches and managers. Sabermetrics weren’t his strong suit, but overall you can’t go wrong with Markakis in right field.

So overall the Angels come up empty in both Gold Gloves and Fielding Bible Awards in 2014. Defense wasn’t necessarily bad, but it just wasn’t good enough individually to win any awards. We will look ahead to 2015 and hope the defense stays consistent and hopefully next season the Angels can get a winner for a Gold Glove.