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Royals get four AL Gold Glove finalists, but not Lorenzo Cain

Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a catch during the ALCS playoffs in Baltimore. Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was left off the Golden Gloves finalists list.
Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain makes a catch during the ALCS playoffs in Baltimore. Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was left off the Golden Gloves finalists list.

Four Royals are finalists for American League Gold Glove Awards, and that’s not a surprise considering they led the major leagues in defensive runs saved according to FanGraphs.

But the player left off is.

“I was a little surprised that Lorenzo Cain isn’t nominated,” Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday following the team’s offday workout at AT&T Park.

Alex Gordon, who finished second to Cain in defensive WAR, did make the cut and is going for his fourth straight Gold Glove in left field. Catcher Salvy Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer are looking to repeat as Gold Glove winners. They are joined by shortstop Alcides Escobar as finalists.

In Yost’s view, all four plus Cain are worthy contenders.

“Sometimes people look at me crazy when I say I think we have the capability one day of getting five Gold Gloves on that field,” Yost said.

“One of the highlights of my winter last year was I went to New York for that Gold Glove banquet, and it was a phenomenal time to celebrate this wonderful achievement.

“I hope I get to do it again this year with multiple guys.”

Cain, who led AL outfielders in defensive wins above replacement this season, was passed over for Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr., Chicago’s Adam Eaton and Baltimore’s Adam Jones. In the four-game sweep of Baltimore, Cain won the AL Championship Series MVP award.

But as he said Thursday, all Cain is worried about is winning to the World Series. “It is what it is,” he said of the finalist selections.

Gordon is up against Cleveland’s Michael Brantley and Boston’s Yoenis Cespedes.

The other catching finalists are Detroit’s Alex Avila and Cleveland’s Yan Gomes. Hosmer is up against Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera and Los Angeles’ Albert Pujols. Escobar will contend with Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy and Chicago’s Alexei Ramirez.

The Gold Gloves will be announced at 6 p.m. Central Nov. 4 on ESPN2.

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