Dozier among finalists for Gold Glove Award
MINNEAPOLIS -- After being named an All-Star for the first time in his career in 2015, Brian Dozier has the chance to add another accolade to his collection, as the Twins second baseman was named a Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalist on Thursday.
Dozier joins Houston's Jose Altuve and Detroit's Ian Kinsler as the three finalists for the Gold Glove at second base in the American League. The winners will be announced on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Dozier, who moved to second base from shortstop before the 2013 season, made eight errors in 767 chances while playing in a career-high 157 games. He helped turn 111 double plays, which led the AL. He also led the AL in games played at second base, while his 303 putouts ranked third in the AL and his 456 assists led the AL for a third straight year. His .990 fielding percentage also ranked fourth among AL second basemen.
Among advanced defensive statistics, Dozier led AL second baseman with a 4.83 Range Factor, according to baseball-reference.com. He also ranked 10th among MLB second basemen with an Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) of 1.3, per Fangraphs.com.
Major League managers and coaches, who vote only within their league and are not allowed to vote for players on their own teams, account for 75 percent of the selection process.
The other 25 percent comes from the SABR Defensive Index, which measures the number of runs saved by a player in a season. It looks at several factors, including range, arm strength and accuracy, sure-handedness as a well as the ability to turn double plays.
Dozier is looking for his first Gold Glove, and the last Twins player to win one was Joe Mauer in 2010. The only Minnesota second baseman to win the award was Chuck Knoblauch in 1997.