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Sports Marcus Stroman becomes 10th Blue Jay to win Gold Glove

20:25  08 november  2017
20:25  08 november  2017 Source:   thestar.com

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# GOLD @ BlueJays @HDMHApparel,” Stroman tweeted once his win was officially announced. With his win , Stroman became the 10 th Blue Jays player to earn a Gold Glove and the first since R.A. Dickey in 2013.

Marcus Earl Stroman (born May 1, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is listed at 180 lbs and is 5' 8" tall, making him one of only six pitchers shorter than 5' 10" to make a start at the MLB level in the 21st century.


The first time is a charm for the Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman.

The right-hander won the American League Gold Glove for fielding excellence on the mound, beating out Boston ace Chris Sale and Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb.

It was the 26-year-old’s first Gold Glove nomination and capped a season in which he won a career-high 13 games with a 3.09 ERA in 201 innings pitched. Stroman finished the year with a .979 fielding percentage, making only one error.

He was clearly keeping an eye as the awards were being presented, tweeting the message “The anticipation …” at Rawlings Sports, which hands out the honours.

Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman had a .979 fielding percentage this year and committed just one error.© Steve Russell Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman had a .979 fielding percentage this year and committed just one error.

“Unreal! #GOLD @BlueJays @HDMHApparel,” Stroman tweeted once his win was officially announced.

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Toronto Blue Jays righthander Marcus Stroman is a Gold Glove winner for the first time in his career

He became the 10 th Blue Jay in team history to win a Gold Glove , and the first since R.A. Dickey took home the honours in 2013. Stroman finished with the second highest amount of defensive runs saved at five with a .979 fielding percentage and only one error on the season.

He also passed along thanks to two of his teammates, shortstops Ryan Goins and Troy Tulowitzki, for helping him work on his defensive game.

“Shout to @rgoins17 and #2Lo for letting me always work in on their pregame routine,” he wrote. “I take at least 50 groundballs between every start!”

Stroman was one of two Blue Jays named finalists for this year’s Gold Glove awards. Centre fielder Kevin Pillar, who has been shortlisted for three straight years, was beat out by Minnesota’s Byron Buxton. Stroman and Buxton were among six first-winners.

Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, meanwhile, won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove, and was joined by Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward and Royals left fielder Alex Gordon as five-time winners.

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Blue jays pitcher marcus stroman wins first gold glove award Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman is a Gold Glove winner for the first time in his

Stroman became the 10 th Blue Jays player to win a Gold Glove Award and the first since R.A. Dickey in 2013. The former second baseman at Duke University ranked second among AL pitchers with five defensive runs saved in '17 and is known for his speed and athleticism while fielding off the mound.

Arenado became the first infielder to win five straight Gold Gloves at the start of his career. “Obviously, five, it’s a pretty special number,” he said. “It means a lot . . . Right now I want to try to win as many as I can while I’m healthy.”

Every major-league manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote for Gold Gloves. They cannot choose their own players. Four years ago, Rawlings added a sabermetric component that comprises about 25 per cent of the selection total.

With his win, Stroman became the 10th Blue Jays player to earn a Gold Glove and the first since R.A. Dickey in 2013.

Stroman is now eligible to win the Rawlings Platinum Glove award, which will be awarded to the best defensive player in either league, as selected by fans. He would be the first Blue Jays player to win the award, which began in 2011. The two winners will be announced Friday.

With files from The Associated Press

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