The coronavirus may have shortened the 2020 MLB season and thus cost San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt a shot at playing in the All-Star Game, but he’s still getting some much-deserved recognition.
On Thursday it was announced that Belt was named a finalist for the National League Gold Glove Award at first base.
If Belt were to win, it would give the Giants their first Gold Glove Award since Brandon Crawford won his third straight in 2017. The Giants last had a first baseman take home the honors in 2000, when J.T. Snow picked up his fourth Gold Glove in as many years.
Belt is up against some good competition though: Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, and Paul Goldschmidt of the St. Louis Cardinals. Those two have combined to win the award in six of the last seven seasons.
Still, Belt has a compelling case after putting in a truly elite season both with his bat and glove. We’ll see if it nets him his first Gold Glove Award. In most years, managers and coaches have 75% of the say in voting, with the other 25% being based on the defensive index from the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR). This year, since team’s had a limited schedule, it’s based entirely on the SABR analytics, which would seem to help Belt.
Mentioned in here why Belt has a pretty good shot. Gold Glove this year is entirely based on SABR Defensive Index. Belt led NL 1B in SDI in 2017 and 2018 and was 2nd in 2019. https://t.co/F93IikuaYb— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) October 22, 2020
Here are the rest of the nominees:
NL: Adam Frazier (Pirates), Nico Hoerner (Cubs), Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
AL: Cesar Hernandez (Cleveland), Danny Mendick (White Sox), Jonathan Schoop (Tigers)
NL: Javier Báez (Cubs), Miguel Rojas (Marlins), Dansby Swanson (Braves)
AL: Carlos Correa (Astros), J.P. Crawford (Mariners), Niko Goodrum (Tigers)
NL: Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves), Cody Bellinger (Dodgers), Trent Grisham (Padres)
AL: Byron Buxton (Twins), Ramón Laureano (A’s), Luis Robert (White Sox)