Kiermaier, Longoria finalists for Gold Gloves
The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, who compiled a human highlight reel in center field, and third baseman Evan Longoria were named Thursday as finalists for 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
Three finalists at each position in both leagues were chosen by MLB managers and coaches, and winners will be announced on Nov. 10.
Kiermaier, in his first full Major League season, ranked second in the American League with 410 putouts, many of which ended with him prone on the ground or planted against an outfield fence. The two other finalists at his position are the Angels' Mike Trout and the Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar.
The veteran Longoria already has two Gold Glove Awards (2009 and '10) and is in contention to add to his trophy case after a four-year lull. His .976 fielding percentage at the hot corner led AL third basemen, including co-finalists Adrian Beltre of Texas and Manny Machado of Baltimore.
In 2014, for the first time, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches' vote continuing to carry the majority.