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Canning snags 1st career Gold Glove

@RhettBollinger
November 3, 2020

ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Griffin Canning won his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday night, beating out the Twins’ Kenta Maeda and the Indians’ Zach Plesac, as announced on ESPN. Canning, 24, is the first Angels player to win a Gold Glove since shortstop Andrelton Simmons in 2018

ANAHEIM -- Angels right-hander Griffin Canning won his first career Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday night, beating out the Twins’ Kenta Maeda and the Indians’ Zach Plesac, as announced on ESPN.

Canning, 24, is the first Angels player to win a Gold Glove since shortstop Andrelton Simmons in 2018 and the first Angels pitcher to win the award since Mark Langston in 1995. Langston, who won the award five times with the organization, was previously the only Angels pitcher to win a Gold Glove. Canning is also the second-youngest Angels player to win the award behind first baseman Jim Spencer, who won the award in 1970 at 22 years old.

Here are the 2020 Gold Glove Award winners

"It's something I've always tried to excel at," Canning said of his defense via Zoom on Tuesday. "Starting in high school, I played a position on top of pitching, so it's something I've always took to the mound. It's something I've always taken pretty seriously."

Canning was tied for the AL lead among pitchers with three defensive runs saved and made just one error in 16 chances. He was tied for second among AL pitchers in both total chances (16) and assists (eight), while being tied for third with seven putouts. He also went 2-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 11 starts and picked off two runners.

This season, the award winners were calculated differently, as managers and coaches didn't have a vote due to clubs not playing teams outside of their geographical divisions. The winners were chosen based on advanced statistics computed by the SABR Defensive Index, which utilizes MLB.com’s Statcast, Sports Information Solutions data, and STATS LLC data as well as traditional statistics with advanced analysis.

"This year was a little bit different with them only using the sabermetrics," Canning said. "Usually you get guys who have been around a little bit more and won multiple Gold Gloves. So obviously I'm really excited."

Rhett Bollinger covers the Angels for MLB.com. He previously covered the Twins from 2011-18. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.