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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles have a Gold Glove contender

Anthony Santander is a finalist for the AL Gold Glove in right field. Is there anything he can’t do?

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

With the World Series taking its first break yesterday, Rawlings used the opportunity to announce its finalists for the 2020 Gold Glove awards. And for the first time in three years, the Orioles actually have a representative. Anthony Santander was one of three AL finalists in right field, joining the RangersJoey Gallo and the YankeesClint Frazier.

Color me surprised. If you’d told me before the season that the O’s would have a Gold Glove finalist, I probably would’ve guessed Jose Iglesias or Austin Hays. Maybe Cedric Mullins, though he wasn’t a starter going into the season. It would’ve taken quite a few guesses before I landed on Santander.

That’s not meant as a slight to Anthony, the club’s 2020 Most Valuable Oriole; it’s just that he’s generally known more for his bat than his glove. But his offensive breakout this year overshadowed the fact that he’s made great strides with the leather. In just 37 games, he posted a career-best eight Defensive Runs Saved in right field, which ranked second among AL right fielders behind Gallo’s 12. His four outfield assists led the Birds.

Kudos to Santander for getting his name into the running, even if he’ll likely be bested by Gallo, who has superior numbers in nearly every defensive metric. The 25-year-old Santander can now add “Gold Glove finalist” to his already impressive list of skills — and the Orioles are lucky to have him on their club for years to come.


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