Juan Lagares and his Gold Glove Award candidacy

Juan LagaresWith just a little over of two months of baseball remaining, talks of leading candidates for awards is starting to ramp up. Already mentioned is Jacob deGrom’s push for NL Rookie of the Year honors, but today is about Juan Lagares.

There aren’t many Mets fans that would disagree with the statement that Lagares is the best defensive center fielder in the game. Some would argue he’s the best defensive outfielder in all of baseball, but that one seems a bit hard to defend.

The Gold Glove Award has taken on a life of its own over the past couple of years, with notable snubs of David Wright and Brandon Phillips causing the award to be looked down upon by most in the media. It’s become increasingly obvious that the best defensive player at a certain position isn’t getting the Gold Glove honors.

But the committee that gives out the award can really get back into the good graces by giving Lagares a much deserved Gold Glove award.

Outside the New York area, do many know about Lagares and his defensive abilities? Does Lagares have the national draw that a guy like Billy Hamilton has? It seems pretty clear that the answer to both of those questions are no.

Another knock on Lagares would be the extended period of time he missed earlier in the season. Still, Lagares has more Defensive Runs Saved (19) than Hamilton in 2nd with 12 in over 200 fewer innings defensively.

We’ve all seen the highlight reel plays that Lagares makes look easy. As SNY’s Gary Cohen said: “Where extra base hits go to die.”  Every time a ball gets hit to Lagares, no matter how far it seems, the instant response from Mets fans is “Oh, Lagares has got it”. Yet, that being said, Lagares still makes plays that amaze.

Lagares is the best defensive center fielder, arguably outfielder, that the Mets have had since I’ve been born (which was 1994 by the way). He has turned himself into one of the brighter spots the Mets have had over the past couple of years.

A national presence is seemingly the only thing keeping Lagares from getting the Gold Glove. There is still two months of baseball where Lagares can keep doing Lagares things and gaining the national attention he deserves. Jacob deGrom was able to do it. Lagares will be able to do the same.

Lagares deserves a Gold Glove. He’s earned a Gold Glove.  If he doesn’t win a Gold Glove, I will give up taking the award seriously.  The decision seems pretty easy, but that doesn’t mean they will make the right one.

Regardless, Lagares is so much fun to watch and he will continue to amaze Mets fans with his defense in the outfield.

12 comments for “Juan Lagares and his Gold Glove Award candidacy

  1. Jerry Grote
    August 6, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I go back a little further (class of ’57) and I’d say best defensive outfielder, period.

    Yes, that includes Endy Chavez and Tommie Agee.

    • August 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm

      Mr. Lagares is one of the Best outfielders I’ve seen in a very long time. I’ve been watching the Mets since that night I was 10 yrs. old that my dad was screaming and Yelling as the NY Mets were about to win their coveted first World Championship. I’ve Hooked as I watched those amazing catches by Ron Swaboda and Tommie Agee. I am still cheering from afar As now I’m a transplanted New Yorker residing in Puerto Rico. I only wish that they Honor this young man with a much deserved Gold Glove. PS If only I Had access to SNY.TV…OXOXOXO…!!!!

      • Chris F
        August 7, 2014 at 9:17 pm

        With PR a us protectorate, you may be able to get the mlb AtBat app…then u get the sny game feeds

      • August 7, 2014 at 11:33 pm

        Milton I know that was 1969 but I remember sitting in a classroom in 6th grade watching the game(catholic school) and it was a day game.

  2. Patrick Albanesius
    August 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    If and when the Mets are competitive late in a season, Lagares will surely get his time in the spotlight. Until then, he will most likely be overlooked. But here’s hoping you have it right.

  3. Name
    August 6, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    “If he doesn’t win a Gold Glove, I will give up taking the award seriously”

    Palmeiro winning the Gold Glove in 1999 wasn’t enough to convince you?

  4. Steve S.
    August 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    The stats confirm what our eyes tell us: Lagares is the best CFer!

    Lagares 2.88 RF 2.3 dWar
    Hamilton 2.48 1.5
    Osuna 2.54 0.3
    Gomez 2.49 0.3

  5. Sean Flattery
    August 6, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    It’s a slam dunk. He’ll win it. McCutchen is terrific too, but Lagares is better.

  6. Julian
    August 6, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    While it would be amazing for him to win it, and he certainly deserves it, the gold glove award has been and will probably continue to be a complete joke. Everyone points to the fact that Rafael Palmeiro won it with only a handful of games, but Derek Jeter won five GG awards and only in 2009 did he actually post a dWAR over 0.0. I hope Lagares wins it, but don’t hold your breath.

  7. Chris F
    August 6, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Give him the GG in 2014…or else…

    I’m mad enough at a number of things and I do not need to add this to my plate.

    You hear me Rawlings?

    2014 CF gold glove winner is Juan Lagares.

  8. August 7, 2014 at 12:17 am

    He has to stay healthy and remain on the field for the last 2 months so it doesn’t give the voters an excuse for not giving him the GG.

  9. Tim Cyran
    September 1, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Move over Mr. Wilkins. There’s a new Human Highlight Reel and his name is Juan Lagares! If he doesn’t win a Gold Glove this year it is absolutely criminal!

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