Dominicans Vladimir Guerrero Jr and Jeremy Peña were winners of the Gold Glove award given to the best defensive players at each position in the American League.
This represents a great achievement for both Quisqueyans, in the case of Guerrero Jr. he achieves it after making the change from the third to the first in 2021, while Jeremy reaches it in the rookie year in the big leagues.
Guerrero is another first-time Gold Glove winner, he also became the first player in franchise history to win the award at first base. It marks the second straight year a Blue Jays position player has won a Gold Glove. Marcus Semien had won it at second base last year after a 15-year drought.
Pena, a 25-year-old rookie, has now added a Gold Glove award to his resume. He finished the regular season tied with the Marlins’ Miguel Rojas for the most DRS among Major League shortstops with 15.
He is the first Astros rookie to win a Gold Glove and the third player in franchise history. to win one at shortstop. He joins the one he replaced, Carlos Correa (2021), and Roger Metzger (1973). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Peña is also the first rookie shortstop to win a Gold Glove.
Other winners of the Gold Glove in the American were the catcher José Treviño, Yankees, being the third catcher of that team to obtain it; Second baseman, Andrés Giménez, Guardians. He is the third Cleveland player to win a Gold Glove at second base, joining César Hernández (2020) and Roberto Alomar (1999-2001). At third base he conquered it, Ramón Urías, Orioles, got it for the first time and is the first Oriole to capture a Gold Glove since Manny Machado also won at third base in 2015.
Also, pitcher Shane Bieber, Guardians, who becomes the first pitcher in Cleveland history to win a Gold Glove.