Three Royals received Gold Gloves in a ceremony before Friday’s game. Royals manager Ned Yost wouldn’t have been surprised if that total was doubled.
“I just feel like we’ve got five guys, six guys who could possibly win Gold Gloves as crazy as that sounds because it’s way, way out there,” Yost said before the game. “I’ve never really thought about that before, but realistically that could be the case.
“Hopefully next year, we’ll have more.”
Besides the ones who collected the hardware — left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez — Yost has maintained that third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar and outfielder Lorenzo Cain could be winners as well.
Gordon also received his Platinum Glove, presented to the best defensive player in the American League in 2014.
Cain, who finished second in the American League in defensive wins above replacement last year, didn’t qualify for a Gold Glove because he didn’t play enough innings at one position.
Last season, Cain started in center field but often moved late in games to right field in place of Nori Aoki for defense. Yost said that was also to rest Cain’s legs because there is less ground to cover in right.
Cain has received multiple awards for his defense, including the Fielding Bible Award and two Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards for outfielders.
Royals multiple Gold Glove winners
8: Frank White, 2B
4: Alex Gordon, OF
3: Amos Otis, OF
2: Eric Hosmer, 1B
2: Salvador Perez, C