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Inciarte, Dickey seek second Gold Glove

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ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte has positioned himself to realize the goal he set last year, when he said was determined to ensure his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award would not be his last.

As for R.A. Dickey, if he chooses to retire, his last major award could be his second Gold Glove.

ATLANTA -- Ender Inciarte has positioned himself to realize the goal he set last year, when he said was determined to ensure his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award would not be his last.

As for R.A. Dickey, if he chooses to retire, his last major award could be his second Gold Glove.

Dickey and Inciarte were named Gold Glove finalists at their respective positions on Thursday afternoon. They were the only Braves players nominated for this defensive award.

Past Gold Glove Award winners: American League | National League

Inciarte joins the Nationals Michael A. Taylor and the Reds' Billy Hamilton as the finalists for the Gold Glove that will be presented to a National League center fielder. Dickey, the D-backs' Zack Greinke and the Brewers' Zach Davies are the finalists for the award that will be presented to an NL pitcher.

The Gold Glove Award winners will be announced Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. After the results are announced, Rawlings will once again give fans a chance to vote for the Platinum Glove Award, which is annually presented to the best overall defensive player from both the National and American League. Andrelton Simmons gained this elite honor while playing for the Braves in 2013.

Since being acquired from the D-backs and beginning his tenure as Atlanta's center fielder at the start of the 2016 season, Inciarte has become somewhat of a Statcast™ legend.

Video: NYM@ATL: Statcast™ measures Inciarte's five-star grab

Inciarte led the Majors with seven five-star outs (an out recorded with a catch probability of 25 percent or less) this year and has totaled 18 (four more than any other MLB outfielder) since the start of 2016.

When Statcast™ introduced Outs Above Average this year, it certainly wasn't surprising to see Inciarte rank near the top. His 22 OAA trailed only the 24 compiled by Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts.

OAA is the cumulative effect of all individual Catch Probability plays a fielder has been credited or debited with, making it a range-based metric of fielding skill that accounts for the number of plays made and the difficulty of them. If a fielder catches a ball with a 25 percent catch probability, he gets +.75. A player who does not make this catch would receive -.25.

Inciarte placed himself at or near the top of these Statcast™ defensive categories despite the fact his range was somewhat limited as he spent much of the season's final four months playing through left foot discomfort.

Some of Inciarte's other defensive metrics, such as Ultimate Zone Rating per 150 chances and Defensive Runs Saved, may have been negatively influenced by the foot discomfort. He led all qualified NL CFs in both UZR/150 (14.9) and DRS (13) in 2016. This year, he ranked fourth in both categories, producing a 2.6 UZR/150 and five DRS.

Video: MIA@ATL: Dickey knocks down comebacker for the out

Dickey, who won his only previous Gold Glove while playing for the Blue Jays in 2013, has not revealed his future plans since the Braves opted not to exercise his option for the 2018 season. The 42-year-old knuckleballer and the Padres' Jhoulys Chacin led all NL pitchers with seven DRS this season. Davies was credited with six DRS and Greinke ranked eighth with four DRS.

Cast your vote for Best Defensive Player, more in 2017 Esurance MLB Awards

This year's Gold Glove Awards represent just one way the game's top performers will be recognized. Voting is underway now for the Esurance MLB Awards, which annually honor MLB's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process. MLB Awards season will culminate on Nov. 17, when winners are announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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