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Curtis Granderson named National League Gold Glove finalist

Granderson is the Mets' sole representative among the National League nominees.

Curtis Granderson earned a Gold Glove nomination in 2015.
Curtis Granderson earned a Gold Glove nomination in 2015.
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A three time All-Star, Silver Slugger award winner, and member of the 20-20 club, Curtis Granderson may have a new piece of hardware to add to his collection. Granderson was included among the Rawlings 2015 Gold Glove Award finalists. Granderson played 149 games in right field for the Mets in 2015, while logging 16 innings in center field. The list also named Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who was nominated as an American League Gold Glove finalist in left field from his time with the Detroit Tigers.

Now settling into his role as a full-time corner outfielder—after primarily manning center field for the Tigers and Yankees—Granderson has been an invaluable presence to the Mets lineup. On top of a 5.9 UZR on defense, Granderson's patient approach on offense led to a .364 OBP, giving the Mets their first viable leadoff hitter in years.

Still under contract with the team through 2017, Granderson made crucial adjustments to his game this season that could pay dividends throughout the remainder of his four-year deal. The right fielder's presence has been made known in the World Series, when Granderson robbed Jarrod Dyson of an extra-base hit in Game 1 on Monday.

Granderson is up against Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Jason Heyward of the Cardinals for the award. In recent years, Juan Lagares won a Gold Glove for his work in center field in 2014, while David Wright and Eric Young Jr. received nominations in 2013.