Yasiel Puig, Corey Seager Fall Short In Gold Glove Award Voting

Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig and shortstop Corey Seager finished among the top three vote-getters at their positions but did not win Gold Glove Awards on Tuesday.

Seager, 23, and Puig, 26, were Gold Glove Award finalists for the first time.

Chicago Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward and San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford claimed the awards at their respective positions.

Heyward got a boost from the SABR Defensive Index (SDI), which listed him as the best National League defender at any position. The SDI accounts for approximately one-quarter of the Gold Glove Award voting formula. Managers and coaches from their respective leagues comprise the remainder of the voting.

Heyward, who won his fifth Gold Glove Award in eight seasons, finished with a 12.8 SDI. Puig was eighth among all players, and second among right fielders, at 9.5. Heyward committed two errors in right field, Puig one. Heyward had five assists from right field, Puig four. Both players were credited with 18 defensive runs saved. Puig had the higher ultimate zone rating (12.1 to 6.4).

Seager had a higher SDI than Crawford (7.0 to 4.8), but both trailed Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell (8.3), the NL leader. Seager was credited with 10 defensive runs saved to Crawford’s nine. Both players committed 11 errors, but Crawford had the edge in fielding percentage (.982 to .979). Crawford, who won the award for the third time, had the higher UZR (7.0 to 6.7).

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