Betts Wins Fourth Straight Gold Glove
Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has earned a 2019 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award for right field, his fourth consecutive year earning the award. The 2019 honorees were announced tonight on ESPN.
Betts joins Nolan Arenado and Zack Greinke as the only major leaguers to win a Gold Glove Award in each of the last four years (2016-19). Betts is only the fifth Red Sox player since the award’s 1957 inception to be recognized as many as four times, joining second baseman Dustin Pedroia (4) and outfielders Dwight Evans (8), Carl Yastrzemski (7), and Fred Lynn (4). Betts and Evans (1981-85) are the only Red Sox ever to win a Gold Glove Award in as many as four consecutive seasons. Betts—who turned 27 years old on October 7—is the only player in team history to win as many as four Gold Glove Awards at the age of 27 or younger.
In 132 games (126 starts) in right field and 17 games (16 starts) in center field, Betts recorded 10 assists and was charged with only two errors in 2019. According to FanGraphs, he led American League outfielders with 15 defensive runs saved and ranked second with a 12.6 ultimate zone rating. On September 23 at Tropicana Field, Betts threw out Avisaíl García at third base in the sixth inning with a throw that traveled an estimated 305 feet in the air. In the past four seasons (2016-19), his 37 outfield assists rank second in the AL behind only Jackie Bradley Jr. (38). During that same four-year span, Betts’ 98 defensive runs saved lead the majors at all positions.
The Gold Glove Award honors the best defenders at each position in each league. Major League managers and coaches, voting only within their league and unable to vote for players on their own teams, account for 75 percent of the selection process; the SABR Defensive Index statistic accounts for the other 25 percent.
Since the award was founded, 23 different Red Sox have combined to earn 49 Gold Glove Awards, including 15 over the last 15 seasons. The Red Sox have received at least one Gold Glove Award in each of the last four seasons, their longest streak since earning recognition in a franchise-record 11 straight campaigns from 1975-85.
Fan voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR begins tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET at www.rawlings.com and continues through Thursday, November 7, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can select only one 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner from each league to take home this “best of the best” honor. A combination of the national fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index statistic will determine the Platinum Glove Award honorees. Winners will be unveiled during the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony on Friday, November 8.