Juan Lagares has been named a finalist for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award for center field in the National League, along with Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton and Washington's Denard Span. Congratulations to Juan!
Lagares certainly deserves to be nominated, and probably deserves to win. The defensively-gifted outfielder was a treat to watch this season. Seemingly every game, he made a highlight-reel catch. His defensive metrics confirmed what our eyes saw: his UZR of +19 and DRS of +28 were both outstanding. If you haven't already, or if you want to watch his brilliance in center field again, click here to watch some of his best plays of 2014.
The winner will be announced Tuesday, November 4 at 7:00 pm ET on ESPN2. One would assume the morning newspapers will lead with the winners of the Gold Gloves and not anything else.