Angels Kole Calhoun, Martin Maldonado, Andrelton Simmons and Justin Upton are Gold Glove finalists

The Angels, whose strong protection was just one of the factors the group stayed in contention this period despite an injury-riddled pitching team, had half of their daily position players identified as Gold Handwear cover finalists on Thursday.

Right fielder Kole Calhoun, catcher Martin Maldonado, shortstop Andrelton Simmons as well as left fielder Justin Upton, who spent just the final month with the Angels, were all noted amongst the top 3 at their positions by Rawlings, which provides the honors.

The winners will certainly be revealed Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.

Simmons as well as Calhoun are the only ones who have previously won Gold Handwear covers, and also just Calhoun with the Angels. All four players are taking on the ruling champions.

Simmons won two Gold Gloves with the Atlanta Braves, yet he lost to Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor in 2016, his initial year in the American Organization. Lindor and Texas’ Elvis Andrus are the other finalists this year.

Calhoun won in 2015, but last year Boston’s Mookie Betts won. Betts and also Calhoun are signed up with by the Yankees’ Aaron Court amongst this year’s best area finalists.

Maldonado will should defeat Kansas City’& rsquo; s Sal Perez, that has won the honor 4 years straight. Cleveland’& rsquo; s Yan Gomes is the third finalist. New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner won the honor in 2015, finishing a four-year run by Kansas City’& rsquo; s Alex Gordon. Both Gardner and also Gordon were named finalists this year, along with Upton.

In the instances of Simmons and Maldonado, the analytical element that enters right into the procedure must aid them. The Society of American Baseball Research calculates a comprehensive defensive index (SDI) that is consisted of when selecting a champion.

The last released SDI numbers, with Aug. 27, showed Simmons and Maldonado both with substantial leads. Maldonado had a ranking of 11.8, with Boston’& rsquo; s Sandy Leon second at 5.7. Gomes had a 5.0 and Perez a 2.3.

At shortstop, Simmons had a ranking of 15.2. Andrus was 2nd at 6.3, with Lindor fifth at 4.5.

In left field, Gordon (11.8) had the lead, adhered to by Upton (8.7) and also Gardner (8.2 ). In right, Betts (20.1) was well in advance of Court (7.4) and also Calhoun (4.7 ).

Besides the statistical component, the honor is based upon ballot by managers and also instructors, conducted before the end of the regular period.

Mike Trout, although widely taken into consideration an above average center fielder, did not make the cut among the 3 finalists. Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain, Toronto’s Kevin Column as well as Minnesota’s Byron Buxton were the finalists. Trout has never ever won a Gold Glove.

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