Detroit Tigers: Four Gold Glove Finalists
Four of the best Detroit Tigers defensive players in 2016 have earned high-profile nods from MLB managers who believe they are worthy of taking home a Gold Glove.
The four Detroit Tigers finalists are Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler, Jose Iglesias, and James McCann. All three of these men have certainly passed the eyeball test with their impressive plays. And all three of them certainly have a good chance to win the high honor, especially when compared to the competition.
The last Detroit Tigers player to win an AL Gold Glove was Yoenis Cespedes, who spent the first half of the season with the Tigers before joining the New York Mets and helping to bring that team to the World Series.
Prior to Cespedes winning in 2015, the most recent Tigers to win Gold Gloves were Placido Polanco in 2007 and 2009, Ivan Rodriguez in 2006 and 2007, and Kenny Rogers in 2006. The Tigers players with the most Gold Glove awards include Al Kaline (10), Bill Freehan (5), Mickey Stanley (4), and Alan Trammell (4). Only one Detroit Tigers third baseman has ever won the award: Aurelio Rodriguez in 1976.