Gold Glove Finalists Announced & It Looks Like Two MLBbros Were Snubbed | Where’s Marcus Stroman, Taijuan Walker?
As the 2021 season nears to a close, that means it’s time for end of season awards.
This is when we found out who the best of the best were in the field. Those webmasters who separated themselves from the rest.
It seems as if two MLBbros were left off the finalists list for the Gold Glove Award.
The National League finalists were: Zach Davies, Max Fried, and Zack Wheeler. Not to throw salt on those pitchers at all, but two of our Bros were deserving of that award.
Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker made web gems on the mound all season long in addition to carrying the New York Mets pitching staff as workhorses.
When the finalists were announced, there were a lot of people on social media who were surprised that neither Stroman or Walker were on that list.
And they have a good reason to be surprised.
— Taijuan Walker (@tai_walker) October 28, 2021
On the mound they competed and did their best to keep their team in ball games, whether that was striking batters out or making plays on the mound.
Marcus Stroman can make plays on the mound
I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this.
In @STR0’s outing last night, he threw a season high 114 pitches, and held the Giants to a .170 xBA, .336 xSLG, .232 xOBP, .249 xwOBA, and struck out 9 with 16 swing and misses.
Oh, and he made this web gem!
Class act on and off the field.#LGM
— MLB Metrics (@MLB_Metrics) August 18, 2021
For those who aren’t familiar with the term PFP (Pitching fielding position), just watch Stroman on the mound.
He is very quick off the hill and any ball hit anywhere near the mound, you better believe that Stroman will get to it.
Stroman is no stranger to winning Gold Gloves. When he was playing with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 he won his first and only Gold Glove.
He finished the 2021 season with a .961 fielding percentage and made only two errors in 51 chances. Stroman also had 29 assists and 20 putouts.
Stroman had a higher fielding percentage than Zach Wheeler (.958), let’s not forget that.
Our MLBbro is arguably the best fielding pitcher in all of baseball. The former high school shortstop is certainly the most athletic.
Taijuan Walker also deserved to be a finalist for the Gold Glove Award.
In his first season with the Mets, Walker certainly made a name for himself, earning his first All-Star nod as an important piece in the Mets’ rotation.
Taijuan Walker recorded 7 defensive runs saved (DRS) in 2021.
— Mathew Brownstein (@MBrownstein89) October 28, 2021
This brother was at the top of the list when it came to Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) at seven. Only Dallas Keuchel was ahead of him in that category with 12.
Like his teammate Stroman, Walker finished the season with a .961 fielding percentage and made two errors in 51 chances.
He had a career-high in putouts (16) and assists (33), but apparently his stats weren’t enough to be named a finalist either.
Marcus Stroman and Taijuan Walker not Gold Glove finalists? pic.twitter.com/VlrzhCDUns
— SNY (@SNYtv) October 28, 2021
These two players were exciting to watch this season and played their position well. Stroman and Walker are Gold Glove winners in our books.
MLB needs to give us an explanation on this one.