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Harper, Ramos finalists for Gold Glove awards

Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM EST

USA Today

Finalists for 2015 Gold Glove awards were announced on Thursday and two Nationals now find themselves in the top three for their respective positions.

Bryce Harper has been named a finalist for NL right fielders and Wilson Ramos is in the running for catchers. Neither have won a Gold Glove before in their careers.

Harper, who just turned 23, is in a group that includes Curtis Granderson of the New York Mets and Jason Heyward of the St. Louis Cardinals. Heyward has won the award twice before while Granderson has never won one. This season was Harper’s first year as a full-time right fielder.

Ramos, 28, is in some seriously good company with Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants. Molina and Posey are arguably the two best catchers in baseball and both could end up in the Hall of Fame. Molina has won the NL Gold Glove award for seven straight seasons.

Just getting nominated is a nice honor for Ramos, who this season appeared in a career-high 128 games. The Nats’ backstop has battled through injuries for much of his career and 2015 was a breakthrough for him.

Harper should win plenty of awards this offseason. He is also likely to be named NL MVP and receive a Silver Slugger for his position.

The award winners will be announced on Nov. 4. For a full rundown of the finalists, click here.

  1. jeffreycbullock - Oct 29, 2015 at 1:19 PM

    How could Ramos be up for a Gold Glove? It obviously doesn’t take into account throws from the outfield because Ramos needs the knuckleball glove to cleanly catch those.

    • veejh - Oct 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM

      He actually had some of the best defensive catcher metrics in the NL. Think his throw out % at 2nd was tops along with his passed ball %.

      • jeffreycbullock - Oct 29, 2015 at 3:04 PM

        I was kidding for the most part. It just always seemed like he muffed a lot of outfield throws.

    • rabbit433 - Oct 29, 2015 at 3:14 PM

      I agree with you. Forget metrics and trust your eyes. He dropped a heck of a lot of throws from the outfield. Other than that, I think he deserves consideration.

  2. acethehammer - Oct 29, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Catching two no-hitters in the same season may help his case.

  3. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 29, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Bryce Harper will get his GG because of his offensive production.

    Wilson Ramos won’t get a GG because of his offensive production.

  4. JeffG - Oct 30, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Did anyone else notice that Ramos doesn’t take off his face mask on plays at the plate. Seems to me this would make it harder to pickup a ball on the bounce.

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