If you have been following the Rockies for any length of time, you know that Nolan Arenado flashes his leather defensively and is impressive at the plate, too. We get the privilege of seeing one of the best players in the game on a regular basis. Arenado, if he maintains this level of play, will almost certainly become a member of the Hall of Fame. You’d know that if you’ve been following Purple Row for the past few years (see here, here, and here). Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt agrees.
“Nolan is, without question, the best third baseman in baseball, both defensively and offensively, and has been for several years,” Schmidt said. “If his success continues at this current rate for another 10 years, he will be joining us in Cooperstown. My hope is that I will be there to hear his speech.”
In 2019, Arenado led National League third basemen in fielding percentage, double plays, defensive runs above average and a myriad of other defensive statistical categories.
In his career Schmidt won 10 Gold Glove Awards, and Arenado is not far behind that marker. Speaking of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards...
For the 7th straight season, Arenado is the Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for the National League at 3rd base. Trevor Story was a finalist at shortstop this season, but was bested by Nick Ahmed, who has now won the award two years in a row.
2013: ✅— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) November 4, 2019
2019: ✅ pic.twitter.com/fuSqXVNfHn
Now, the question remains, will Arenado win the Platinum Glove Award for the 3rd consecutive year?
You can vote through November 7 for the Platinum Glove with the winners being announced on November 8.
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