Gold Glove finalists: Freeman, entire Braves OF

The Braves have four Gold Glove Award finalists including the team’s entire starting outfield.

Center fielder Michael Bourn, right fielder Jason Heyward and left fielder Martin Prado are finalists at their respective positions along with Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Winners will be named at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday during an hour-long Gold Glove show on ESPN2.

Cincinnati led the majors with six finalists, while the Braves had the second-most among NL teams. There were three finalists at each NL position except shortstop, where four were named.

Prado played five different positions in 2012 but was nominated at left field, where he made 111 starts and played in 119 games. He also started 20 games at third base, 11 at shortstop, eight at second base and four at first base.

Heyward won the  2012 Fielding Bible Award as the best defensive right fielder in the major leagues based on statistical analysis. He’s up against Cincinnati’s Jay Bruce and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Andre Ethier for the Gold Glove, which is selected by voting among major league managers and coaches.

Bourn was a two-time former Gold Glove winner with Houston in 2009 and 2010, the only Braves finalist to have previously won the award. He’s up against Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen and Cincinnati’s Drew Stubbs.

Joining Freeman as first-base finalists are Cincinnati’s Joey Votto and ex-Brave Adam LaRoche.

Prado’s competition in left field comes from Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez.

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bruce

October 29th, 2012
1:22 pm

freeman and heyward are golden

godawgsfalconsbraves

October 29th, 2012
1:25 pm

idk

October 29th, 2012
1:30 pm

with freeman, heyward, and simmons, our D is looking very good in the future.

Virginia Brave Fan

October 29th, 2012
1:34 pm

We need to trade for Justin Upton to replace Bourn in CF.

BoogerSugar

October 29th, 2012
1:42 pm

Upton isn’t going to happen, nor should it. Wren needs to focus on a yonger guy who will stay under team control for a couple of years – such as a Josh Reddick from Oakland, who, FYI, is the RF Gold Glove winner from the AL.

Felix

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

These playoffs I’ve seen ex-Braves everywhere. Way to go Braves! Way to trade away talented players. We get stinkers like Uggla and they get players like Omar.

Great! Just great!

Felix

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

These playoffs I’ve seen ex-Braves everywhere. Way to go Braves! Way to trade away talented players. We get stinkers like Uggla and they get players like Omar.

Great! Just great!

BoogerSugar

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

Reddick can play CF in any park and will probably move there next year if he remains in Oakland since Coco is leaving.

BravesFanInNashville

October 29th, 2012
1:45 pm

good sign to see so many Braves in contention for defensive awards. We need to be strong up the middle in the future this means moving Uggla to LF or trading him.

J

October 29th, 2012
1:48 pm

Sigh…why would Oakland trade said young, cost controlled (possible) Gold Glover who just had a breakthrough season and showed power in a horrible hitting environment?

Gotta be realistic. Come on.

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BoogerSugar

October 29th, 2012
1:54 pm

Because they need pitching – and we have a surplus of young arms who are also under team control.

BoogerSugar

October 29th, 2012
1:55 pm

And it’s not (possible)*, it’s a fact. He’s a Gold Glove winner.

Lost Cause

October 29th, 2012
2:34 pm

If Prado is a gold glove caliber LF maybe he should stay in LF?!? then they can pay for the CF of their choice (Bourn or whoever) and a RH hitting platoon 3B for a year and let Francisco play against RH pitching for a season and see if he can do the job. Then just pay McCann and Hudson this year. Ready for spring!

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snoopy

October 29th, 2012
3:05 pm

why is dan struggla not a finalist?

J

October 29th, 2012
3:23 pm

BoogerSugar: Did Josh Reddick win a Gold Glove in another league that Baseball Reference doesn’t track?

http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/reddijo01.shtml

Also, Oakland just entered the playoffs with an all-rookie rotation, despite having lost McCarthy and Colon. They’re pretty set on pitching depth.

gb

October 29th, 2012
3:42 pm

snoop they offer it to uggla but he dropped it.

Braves' Nation

October 29th, 2012
3:48 pm

DUMP DAN UGGLA !

Finklestein

October 29th, 2012
4:14 pm

Uggla should be a finalist——-finalist for crappy player of the year.

BigGTMike

October 29th, 2012
4:17 pm

What’s the correlation between outfield defense and wins? Can’t be as large as infield D and situational hitting. Not to mention pitching! We must improve!

bfred

October 29th, 2012
4:44 pm

Oh for crying out loud why do I keep hearing about Infante? Guy batted .274 with 12 HR, 53 RBI and a .696 OPS this year. This postseason he batted a nice .300 with no HR, no RBI and a .660 OPS. He was a very good utility guy but we are NOT missing anything.

bfred

October 29th, 2012
4:45 pm

On a positive note, Bourn should take it at center. Heyward’s probably the next most likely and I’d be pretty surprised if Prado nabs it.

Scottbravesfan

October 29th, 2012
5:12 pm

Boogersuger,

Justin upton is under team control for the next 3 seasons. You are thinking of BJ upton who is a free agent. If Juston is available and the braves don’t make a run for him they are idiots.

Buttermilk Tuesdays

October 29th, 2012
5:44 pm

I’d go after both Uptons, but I doubt that’s going to happen. But yeah, Justin’s contract is very friendly, and if he’s available, there’s no reason for the Braves to pass on him.

Always next year

October 29th, 2012
6:04 pm

The asking price of Upton is going to be through the roof. Get Frenchy back and move Heyward to center.J/K

Peter

October 29th, 2012
7:00 pm

bfred……….Infante, acquired in a deal with Miami just before this year’s deadline, helped solidify second base for the Tigers down the stretch and in the postseason. He went 5 for 15 in the World Series.

yup that sucks.. Uggla was great in the one post season game…….

D Uggla 2B 4 1 0 0 1 0 20 .000 .200 .000

“We played to win the game,” Molina said. “They played to lose the game.”

Tyrone Hill

October 29th, 2012
7:14 pm

How could they leave Jon Jay off the list of finalists. He played a error free and exciting centerfield in 2012. I did not think he would win because he is a young player and it takes time to get the acknowledgement, but he still should have been at least nominated.

Derek

October 29th, 2012
7:21 pm

Funny stuff seeing a Braves fan suggesting Josh Reddick replace Bourn in CF, especially considering Reddick wouldn’t fill the top-half of the order need that a CF usually fills and Reddick is coming off his breakout year (hence: not much experience) and a postseason where he went 2-for-17 with 10 strikeouts. He could make Uggla look like Tony Gwynn.

Az Brave fan

October 29th, 2012
7:32 pm

Frank Wren, please don’t consider Justin Upton as some on page have requested. Seeing him play every day since he came up on Arizona, he is a lazy, self centered player that doesn’t want to get better and injury pronged. He doesn’t handle critism well and his plate discipline is awful. Pay the money to keep Borne.

Chipper's Southern Bell

October 29th, 2012
8:03 pm

Congrats Jason

BravesFanSince80s

October 29th, 2012
8:04 pm

here’s what I’d like to see next year, no idea how to pullit off, but that’s why Frank gets paid the big bucks:
C-Napoli/Ross
1B-Freeman
2B-Prado
SS-Simmons/Janish
3B-Wright
LF-Gattis/Johnson/Constanza
CF-Fowler
RF-Heyward
Rotation-Huddy, Medlen, Beachy (Teheran until healthy), Maholm, Minor
Bullpen-Kimbrel, Venters, O’Flaherty, Durbin, Garrin, ?
I know most or none of that will happen, still I like that team, think it would do well down the stretch after some tome to “gel”…

BravesFanSince80s

October 29th, 2012
8:07 pm

bring up a bat or 2 from Gwinnet for the bench as needed, Pastornicky, etc., but with Johnson, Constanza, Janish, and Gattis’ emerging versatility, they ought to have reasonable depth with that lineup, plus most of the everyday guys should play most of a full season anyway…

Ken Stallings

October 29th, 2012
8:13 pm

Freeman should have won a Gold Glove last year, so I hope this is when he finally wins one.

I think Bourn is the favorite for centerfield. Heyward and Prado may be finalists but not win it.

Prado is so outstanding a baseball player that he might be a Gold Glove candidate at third base which remains his “natural” position.

For next season, watch out and see if Kris Medlen doesn’t step up and become a Gold Glove pitching candidate.

BravesFanSince80s

October 29th, 2012
8:31 pm

Prado’s best position is 2B. He doesn’t have the range of a Cano there, but his throwing motion while in the infield, plus his lack of power, profile best at 2B, where you could then go after someone at least in the 20 HR range for 3B (like David Wright:)…

Joe 12-Pack

October 29th, 2012
9:44 pm

Too bad that Gold Gloves are not based on the best defensive players. You have to hit .300 and have 20+ home runs in order win. What do you bet Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, and Robinson Cano win?

BravesFanSince80s

October 29th, 2012
9:58 pm

uhhhhhh, Joe, out of those 3 you named, 2 are pretty dog-gone good with a glove. Cano is probably the best all around 2B in the game and has great range out there, what exactly is your point? Agreed, Cabrera is horrible, but they knew that before sticking him back out there. Had to play him somewhere since they signed Fielder…

Brava

October 30th, 2012
12:00 am

This is awesome news! Congrats to our guys. Hope they all win.

Teddy B

October 30th, 2012
3:06 am

We really need to lock up Jason Heyward to a long term deal asap! Freeman as well. I’d hate to see Chipper go and us lose any of our young talent when we need them to step up and fill such a big role. Heyward blew me away this year in the OF and at the plate! 2011 is a distant memory now, and the new hitting coaches got him firing on all cylinders again! J-Hey made a good many outs this season when silly base runners tried to gamble on his arm, hope he wins the Gold Glove!

I look for J-Hey and Freeman to be our nasty one-two punch in ATL for years to come.

Dan Uggla

October 30th, 2012
7:07 am

With Chipper retired, this is now MY TEAM !

GOLD CLUB

October 30th, 2012
7:13 am

What ..Chipper is not on gold glove award list???…He hasn’t had one in all his 20 yrs in big leagues….He is not going to the hall for his defensive prowness….

Brave New World

October 30th, 2012
8:55 am

Gold Braves!

Tumbledown

October 30th, 2012
9:46 am

Chipper is a certain hall of famer. His average defense and lack of a signature postseason moment will prevent him from being a first ballot selection, in my humble opinion.

BravesFanSince80s

October 30th, 2012
10:09 am

I think the writers will give a LITTLE more credit to Chipper’s being a huge factor in how the Braves won 14 consecutive division titles and not pay quite as much attention to the “signature postseason moment” some of you keep harping on…

rick

October 30th, 2012
10:18 am

McCann not in that list? wonder why? let him go Wren!

Fact Check

October 30th, 2012
10:23 am

BravesFanSince80s ,

Chipper was not on the 1991-94 teams; he was on the 1995-2005 teams which won 10 consecutive (mostly meaningless) division championships.

Needless to say, after his 1999 MVP season, there were ZERO World Series appearances by Chipper & the Braves.

Dudcreek

October 30th, 2012
11:34 am

Micheal Brantley with the Indians would be a good young addition in CF

Dudcreek

October 30th, 2012
11:39 am

Michael Brantley with the Indians would be a good young addition in CF

BravesFanSince80s

October 30th, 2012
2:37 pm

Fact Check: REALLY? I didn’t know that:)

Tumbledown

October 30th, 2012
3:09 pm

So BravesFan, you think Chipper makes it in the hall on the first ballot?

Tumbledown

October 30th, 2012
3:10 pm

My “harping” was done humbly. Does that count?

tman

October 30th, 2012
9:04 pm

Chipper is definitely a first ballot HOFer, mostly because he’ll be measured against the other HOF switch hitters. He is in all of their leagues, stat wise.

low rider

October 30th, 2012
10:00 pm

Could Pastonicky play left field as son of Prado? His bat could blossom and he could also be an infield utilityman.

ptrepdaA

October 30th, 2012
10:02 pm

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urban redneck

October 30th, 2012
10:10 pm

whoo hoo!! congrats to jhey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ptrepdaA

October 30th, 2012
10:10 pm

Please stop talking about Chipper if you pay me around 15 million I’ll play 95 gms pay me 7.5 million I’llretire Jones. Chipper was good when he was on steroids. Remember when he was a MVP type player. He use to have his sleaves rolled up his guns where so big. Then the next season MLB started testing and Chipper has gotten smaller and has stay hurt(no steroids to recover).

AGTFan

October 31st, 2012
5:29 pm

There should be a special gold glove award for Prado.

braves fanins.c.

November 8th, 2012
9:05 pm

Really. Chipper has never been supended or has ever missed a game because of drugs
.your are an idiot.

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