Mariners Evan White and JP Crawford have been named Rawlings American League Gold Glove award finalists for first base and shortstop.
The young Mariners continue to get honored today as Evan White and JP Crawford have both made the shortlist for their positions to be named Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award winners.
The rookie first baseman for the Mariners was nominated for the award alongside Matt Olsen of the division-rival Oakland Athletics, and Yuli Gurriel of the rival to everyone Houston Astros. This of course means that all three of the Gold Glove candidates from the American League hail from the west.
As for JP, his competition for the award will be Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros and Niko Goodrum of the Detroit Tigers.
Evan White being nominated at first base should be no surprise at all for Mariners fans who watched him all year, but I must say that I was surprised to see that JP Crawford made the final three at shortstop. Not because of his talent and what he showed on the field, but primetime favoritism for awards is of course a thing and the Mariners never get a chance to play in the national spotlight.
White finished the year with a 0.4 defensive WAR, a .998 fielding percentage (.993 league average), 7 defensive runs saved above average, and only 1 error.
Crawford finished 2020 with a 0.9 defensive WAR, a .986 fielding percentage (.973 league average), 6 defensive runs saved above average, and only 3 errors.