— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) November 8, 2017
Four Reds were named finalists for Gold Glove awards in the National League. When the winners were announced tonight, only one Cincinnati player came out on top.
Congratulations to Tucker Barnhart, the 2017 National League Gold Glove award winner for catchers.
This is the first career Gold Glove for Barnhart, though he did win a minor league Gold Glove award back in 2011. Tucker gunned down more would-be base-stealers than any other catcher, and he also ranked as the best defensive catcher in either league by most of the advanced metrics. The last Reds catcher to win a Gold Glove? Johnny Bench, who won his tenth and final award back in 1977.
Bench had some kind words for Tucker tonight:
Johnny Bench on @Tucker_Barnhart: "I am a fan of dedication to catching, and it is a joy to watch Tucker. He has excelled at every level. He was given an opportunity and has proven he ranks among the best." #Reds
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) November 8, 2017
The other three Reds finalists for Gold Gloves are more disappointed tonight. Joey Votto lost out to Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt at first base, while Adam Duvall lost to Miami’s Marcell Ozuna in left field. Meanwhile, Billy Hamilton — who appeared to have his best shot at finally winning that elusive Gold Glove — lost again to Ender Inciarte in center field.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
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