Orioles third baseman Manny Machado could win his second career Gold Glove on Tuesday, when the fielding awards will be announced during a Baseball Tonight telecast on ESPN2 at 7.
The Orioles had three Gold Glove winners in each of the past two years – and multiple winners for three years straight – but Machado is their only Gold Glove finalist. The Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre and Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria are the other two American League finalists at third base.
Seventy-five percent of the vote is culled from major league managers and coaches, who can't vote for their own players. For the third straight year, the remaining 25 percent of the vote will be tabulated from the SABR Defensive Index, which creates a score using two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball location-based data and those collected from play-by-play data.
In its final in-season update, SABR released its Defensive Index numbers that included games through Sept. 13. Machado's SABR Defensive Index was the second-highest among all American League fielders. His 12.4 mark was second only to Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier's 26.7. Beltre's index number was 7.9 and Longoria's was 5.3.
That could be the edge in giving Machado the AL Gold Glove at third base this season.