Michael Taylor & Marcus Semien Win AL Gold Glove Awards| Web Masters With Soul

Michael Taylor & Marcus Semien Win AL Gold Glove Awards| Web Masters With Soul

Toronto Blue Jays Marcus Semien and Kansas City Royals outfielder Michael Taylor represent the two MLBBros who were announced as Gold Glove Award winners on Sunday.

Let’s tip our caps to these guys who put together incredible fielding seasons.

This award is special for our MLBbros  because it’s their first Gold Glove and don’t be surprised if it’s not their last one either.

Out of the 18 players selected for the award, Semien and Taylor were the only two Black players, representing the American League.

Taylor won the award for the centerfield position and he was a workhorse out there for the Royals.

He led all outfielders in Ultimate Zone Rating (13.3) and led all centerfielders in Defensive Runs Above Average (15.3).

The one-time World Series winner made just three errors in 365 chances, had 11 assists, and finished with a .992 fielding percentage.

Taylor has above average speed and makes really good reads on balls: Just know that if there is a ball hit in the outfield and it’s not leaving the park, Taylor is going to have a good chance tracking it down.

Semien will probably add a Silver Slugger Award to go along with his Gold Glove Award.

This brother had an amazing season and was one of the hottest players in all of baseball from April to October.

In his first season with the Blue Jays, Semien spent most of his time at second base. He broke the record for home runs by a second baseman in an MLB season, but his glove work was just as prominent. Semien definitely had an MVP-caliber season.

He made a total of nine errors in 590 chances, while finishing with 363 assists and a .985 fielding percentage.

Before coming over to Toronto, Semien spent most of his time playing shortstop. Making that transition to second base seemed to work out just fine.

He led all AL second basemen in Ultimate Zone Rating at 6.6. Semien was one player who definitely made a name for himself this season and he quickly became a fan favorite.

Michael Taylor and Marcus Semien did their thing on the field this season and it’s great to see that their efforts did not go unnoticed.

National League pitcher Marcus Stroman was snubbed for his Gold Glove, but the AL got it right with these guys.

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Much respect to both of these players and representing the MLBbros!

J.P. Crawford’s Bat Is Catching Up To His Gold Glove

J.P. Crawford’s Bat Is Catching Up To His Gold Glove

J.P. Crawford’s youthful exuberance has been infectious within the confines of the Seattle Mariners clubhouse and the young shortstop’s energy, bat and glove has been a driving force in helping the former cellar dwellers reach the 10-win plateau Sunday.

This is a resilient Seattle team to watch as they have piled on multiple comeback efforts this season enroute to becoming the second team in the American League to reach double-digit dubs. 

That includes Sunday’s series-clinching win against division-rival Houston Astros, highlighted by Crawford scoring from first on a triple to take the lead and firing up Mariners fans while crossing the plate.

 

 

There hasn’t been this much youthful exuberance, Black excellence and optimism since Ken Griffey Jr. was flicking moonshots and scaling stadium walls in a single bound, back in the nasty 90s. 

Last Sunday, Crawford finally got his season batting average over the Mendoza Line. He is now hitting .275 with 7 runs 14 hits and 3 RBIs, including a huge go-ahead two-run double en route to his Mariners sweeping a doubleheader against Baltimore.

It’s great to see Crawford finally start to exhibit some consistency at the plate as he has always been a stopper on the defensive side. The power’s not there yet, but he’s a work in progress on the serious upswing. 

 

 

Last season, the 26-year-old shortstop out of Lakewood, California became just the 17th black infielder in major league history to win a Gold Glove, doing so in just his fourth season.  

Crawford was drafted 16th overall in the 2013 draft out of high school by the Philadelphia Phillies.  It was clear at an early age that he was a wizard with the web.  He started on varsity as a freshman and broke school records for hits, runs, steals and walks.  He was traded to Seattle in 2019.

Crawford is just the second black shortstop to win a Gold Glove in the American League, joining five-time winner Derek Jeter who had three straight from 2004-2006.  Jimmy Rollins, Ozzie Smith, Ernie Banks and Maury Wills each won the award in the National League.

In total, only 17 black infielders have won Gold Gloves in their careers, seven since 1996: Dee Strange Gordon, Orlando Hudson, J-Roll, Derrick Lee, Brandon Phillips, Derek Jeter and the newly added J.P. Crawford. 

Crawford, whose cousin is former Tampa Bay Rays and Houston native Carl Crawford, finished last season with a career-high .986 fielding percentage on 221 chances.  He was tied for the league lead with seven defensive runs saved. 

 Although you may have to stay up late to watch the west coast Mariners, they are one of the more diverse and youth-infused squads in the entire league. Crawford is not only making a name for himself on the field, but he’s all in on improving race relations in the country and showing his support for all social justice initiatives. 

 

 

Unlike the other 29 teams in the league, African-Americans are truly the heart and soul of this Mariners team that is unique in many ways, as far as today’s baseball is concerned. 

Seattle is one of only two teams with multiple black starters in their rotation (Justin Dunn and Justus Sheffield).  

With 2020 American League Rookie of the Year winner Kyle Lewis beginning his season on the injured list, fans got the pleasure of seeing top prospect Taylor Trammell in the Bigs.  

The team also has newly acquired reliever Keynan Middleton, who may have the best dreadlocks in the sport. 

 

 

Crawford will look to join a short list of legendary shortstops who have won multiple Gold Gloves (Derek Jeter, Ozzie Smith, Jimmy Rollins and Maury Wills).  

As for his team, the American League West is wide open and after only being a few games out of a playoff spot last season, the Mariners are looking to take that next leap into the upper echelon of MLB clubs. 

With young, athletic and gifted leaders like Crawford on the job, it’s a definite possibility.