Grandy a Gold Glove Award finalist
NEW YORK -- Significantly improved defensive play has been a part of Curtis Granderson's season-long renaissance, and now has resulted in a Rawlings Gold Glove Award nomination.
Granderson is the Mets' lone 2015 Gold Glove nominee, though Yoenis Cespedes has also earned an American League nomination in left field for his work with the Tigers.
Rawlings, which recognizes the best defender at each position in each league with its annual award, unveiled the list of finalists on Thursday. Three finalists were named at each position, with winners scheduled to be announced Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.
Granderson, 34, finished this season with 12 Defensive Runs Saved in right field, after compiling zero the year before. He committed five errors in 150 games in the outfield.
To win the Gold Glove, however, Granderson will need to beat out St. Louis' Jason Heyward, who led all right fielders with 22 Defensive Runs Saved. The other right-field finalist is Washington's Bryce Harper, who finished with seven. A three-time All-Star, Granderson has never won a Gold Glove.
Rawlings selects its Gold Glove winners through a mixture of MLB manager and coaching-staff votes, as well as sabermetric elements.
Aside from Granderson and Cespedes, the only Met in the top three in Defensive Runs Saved at his position was pitcher Jacob deGrom, who ranked tied for third among pitchers. But Los Angeles' Zack Greinke, Chicago's Jake Arrieta and Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole earned the nominations at that position.