Awards season kicked off yesterday with the Rawlings Gold Glove winners, where Kevin Kiermaier walked off with his third, beating out Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mike Trout. It was KK’s first win since 2016.
Juan Toribio and Dawn Klemesh have a good breakdown of exactly how good Kiermaier was, complete with highlights of KK’s greatest hits — er, catches.
Tommy Rancel at the Athletic has more on Kiermaier’s win.
Finally, the always great Neil Solondz sits down with Kiermaier to chat about what winning this award means to him.
Other Rays news:
In other award news, DeWayne Staats is a finalist for the Ford Frick award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
On the coaching front, Jessica Kleinschmidt tells us that bench coach Matt Quatraro is still under consideration to be the new Giants’ skipper. This is contrary to previous reports that had Quatraro falling out of the running.
Marc Topkin writes about the brain drain in Tampa Bay.
It’s not just the front office and coaching staff where things are in motion. Mark Polishuk at MLB Trade Rumors provides an offseason outlook, including who is here, who is gone to free agency, and who is going to arbitration.
Around the League(s):
In other gold glove news, Nolan Arenado won his seventh in a row.
Ben Lindberg over at Fangraphs tries to find a unified theory of Baby Shark.
At the Hardball Times, Frank Jackson pens an ode to the Expos.
With all apologies to our own Mister Lizzie, Robert Arthur at Baseball Prospectus tells us that MLB isn’t ready for robot umps, while Baseball American tells us that Arizona Fall League hitters were unimpressed with the robo-zone.
Finally, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post writes about Sean Doolittle’s decision to skip the Nats’ White House visit.
In Sports-Media News
Some of you may have followed the implosion of Deadspin last week. Louisa Thomas of the New Yorker pens a smart piece on the ham-handed, financially driven moves by the new owners there and at Sports Illustrated.