DENVER -- The Rockies' Nolan Arenado has a chance to become the first third baseman in history to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in each of his first four seasons. Also, Colorado right fielder Carlos Gonzalez is going for his fourth Gold Glove Award and second baseman DJ LeMahieu is up for his second honor in the National League.
Rawlings revealed the finalists in both leagues on Thursday, with the winners scheduled to be announced on ESPN on Nov. 8. Managers and coaches for each club voted for players in their league, but they could not vote for players on their team, to account for 75 percent of the selection process. The Society for American Baseball Research applies the SABR Defensive Index for the other 25 percent.
Rockies players have won 18 Gold Glove Awards. Outfielder Larry Walker leads the way with five, and Arenado, Gonzalez and first baseman Todd Helton are tied for second with three each.
The only other third baseman to begin his career with three Gold Glove Awards in a row is the Red Sox's Frank Malzone, who won from 1957-59. After Malzone's run, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson began his streak of 16 Gold Glove Awards with the Orioles. Arenado, an NL All-Star the past two seasons, has often been compared to Robinson.
Arenado was the runaway NL leader in Defensive Runs Saved (according to Fangraphs), with 20. Arenado is credited with 83 DRS in his career, which began in 2013. No other NL player has more than 18 during that period. Todd Frazier had 18 for the Reds from '13-15 before joining the White Sox last season.
Gonzalez won his first Gold Glove Award in 2010, when honors went to three outfielders regardless of position, and he played mostly center field that season. He won in '12 and '13 in right field, and he was a finalist in '11 when he split his time among all three positions. In '16, Gonzalez finished third in the NL with nine outfield assists.
LeMahieu won his first Gold Glove Award in 2014, and he is up for his second this season after winning his first NL batting title. LeMahieu tied for third in the NL among second basemen in Defensive Runs Saved, with three. Over the past four seasons, which coincide with the time he took over as the Rockies' regular second baseman, he leads NL players at the position with 32 DRS -- 11 more than Darwin Barney, who now plays for the Blue Jays.