It’s officially awards season, and while the 2017 Reds weren’t much in the standings, they’ve taken home the first piece of hardware as Tucker Barnhart won his first Gold Glove tonight. It was the Reds’ only Gold Glove out of 4 nominated players.
This marks the first time in the last 9 years that the award wasn’t won by Buster Posey or Yadier Molina, who also happened to be the other finalists this season. Tucker led the league in assists at catcher with 89 in only 121 games, at least 15 less than either Posey or Molina.
While Barnhart had a strong case, Reds fans had been getting their hopes up in other places around the diamond. A solid season by Joey Votto was beat out by Paul Goldschmidt (and hopefully isn’t a sign of things to come in other awards). Both Billy Hamilton and Adam Duvall were also nominated in the outfield, both leading all of MLB in assist at their positions, but were defeated by Ender Inciarte and Marcell Ozuna respectively. It’s especially frustrating for fans of Hamilton, who is now 0-for-4 as a Gold Glove finalist despite a reputation as one of the elite defenders in baseball.
Still some hope for another Reds’ award, as Joey Votto is a finalist for MVP.