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Cleveland Indians come up empty as 2018 AL Gold Glove Awards announced

CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the second straight year the Cleveland Indians had four players named finalists for American League Gold Glove Awards at their respective positions, and for the second straight year all four players were denied the prize.

Shortstop Francisco Lindor, pitcher Corey Kluber and catcher Yan Gomes each finished as runners up while Jose Ramirez, who qualified as a third baseman despite his late-season move to second base, finished third.

The award, given annually since 1957, recognizes superior individual fielding performances at each position in both the American and National leagues. Voting by baseball’s managers and coaches is combined with a sabermetric component provided by Society for American Baseball Research to determine the final winners.

Los Angels Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons won the award for the second straight year ahead of Lindor and Oakland’s Marcus Semien.

Oakland’s Matt Chapman (21.9) finished with the highest overall ranking in the SABR Defensive Index, which makes up 25 percent of the award criteria. Champan won his first career Gold Glove Award finishing ahead of Houston’s Alex Bregman and Ramirez at third.

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez earned the award for the fifth time at catcher ahead of Gomes and last year’s winner Martin Maldonado (LA/Hou).

Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel claimed the honor for the fourth time in his career, finishing ahead of Kluber, a first-time finalist, and Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees.

In 2017, four Indians players were also announced as finalists (Lindor, Ramirez, Gomes and Carlos Santana) but the team was shut out. Lindor won the award at shortstop in 2016 and was named the Platinum Glove winner in the AL as the league’s best all-around defender.

2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners

American League

Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals (fifth)

1B: Matt Olson, Athletics (first)

2B: Ian Kinsler, Angels/Red Sox (second)

SS: Andrelton Simmons, Angels (fourth)

3B: Matt Chapman, Athletics (first)

LF: Alex Gordon, Royals (sixth)

CF: Jackie Bradley Jr. (first)

RF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (third)

Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel, Astros (fourth)

National League

Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals (ninth)

1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (second) and Freddie Freeman, Braves (first)

2B: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies (third)

SS: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (first)

3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (sixth)

LF: Corey Dickerson, Pirates (first)

CF: Ender Inciarte, Braves (third)

RF: Nick Markakis, Braves (third)

Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks (fifth)

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