On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced the three finalists for the Golden Glove Awards at every position and the Padres were able to land a pair of players among the esteemed group.
Manny Machado was named a finalist alongside the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Marlins’ Brian Anderson. The other Friar was Trent Grisham, who was named a finalist at centerfielder with the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger and the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr.
Machado finished the 2020 abbreviated regular season with 68 hits, 47 RBIs, and 16 home runs while slashing .304/.370/.580 and an OPS of .950.
Grisham played in all but one game this season, finishing with 54 hits, 26 RBIs, and 10 home runs. He also slashed .251/.352/.456 with an OPS of .808 and stole 10 bases. In his debut for the Padres, Grisham ended the season third among third basemen in outs-above-average.
The obvious snub here is Fernando Tatis Jr, who despite the rough stretch during the month of September, still led all NL shortstops in outs-above-average. He did finish with an underwhelming .277 batting average but still managed to hit 17 home runs, good for fourth in the conference.
What are all of your thoughts on the Golden Glove finalists? Besides Tatis, do you think any other Padres deserved to be a finalist? Let me know in the comments.