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Matt Chapman was named the 2018 Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year.The award is given to the best defender in the majors during the season at any position http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , and Chapman stood above the rest to get the well-deserved honor. Heis the first Athletics player to win the award in its seven-year history, per 95.7 The Game.Chapman is also the first third baseman to win the honor and just the third infielder out of nine recipients (the awards were handed out by theleague in the first two years).The 25-year-old had an outstanding season in the field and it was seen in several defensive metrics:Oakland Athletics AthleticsHe led all Major Leaguers regardless of position in defensive runs saved (29), and led American League third basemen in total chances (484), assists (331), and zone rating (.853).Matt Chapman wins Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in Hero-Town. #RootedInOakland 5i6ri8qVR4Mark Simon MarkASimonSaysMatt Chapman: 1st career Gold Glove AwardThanks PerezEd for the shout-out to Defensive Runs Saved Chapman had 29. No other 3B had more than 10!Chapmans 29 Runs Saved were most in MLB (by 8!)His 3.5 defensive wins above replacement also led the majors, perBaseball Reference.For those who don't trust analytics, the eye test was also impressive throughout the year:Oakland Athletics AthleticsLadies and gentlemen, your Wilson Defensive Player of the Year mattchap6.#RootedInOakland PJ9u6LyvV0This helped him win the Gold Glove award in his first full year at this level, while his 24 home runs and .864 OPS made him a breakout player across baseball.Considering he has still only played 229 career games, Chapman is basically just getting started in his career and will likely take home more hardware before it's all said and done.No one has ever won the Overall Defensive Player of the Year twice, but the A's star has a chance to break the trend based on his talent at the position. KANSAS CITY http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez got the big hit, though Adalberto Mondesi may have made the biggest plays.Before Alex Gordon’s walk and Perez’s game-winning single in the 10th inning, the fourth walk-off RBI of his career and second in two weeks, it was Mondesi’s two-out walk and two steals that set the stage for the Kansas City Royals‘ 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night.“His aggressiveness was great, but also his patience was fantastic in that last at-bat,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You kept thinking, ‘OK, if you get on, the chances of us winning this game are going to be great, even with two outs,’ because you know — boom — he’s going to put himself in scoring position and we’re just a hit away.”Neil Ramirez (0-3) http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , who retired the first two hitters in the 10th, tried to get Mondesi to chase a full-count slider down and in.Mondesi laid off the pitch, then reached 30 steals in 72 games played this season after swiping second and third.A year ago, Mondesi probably hacks away and the teams may still be playing.“It just shows you his growth and how far he’s come, because last year that was an automatic swing 3-2 for a strikeout,” Yost said. “He’s made tremendous strides there.”Mondesi also hit his 13th home run for the Royals (57-102) — no longer in danger of matching the franchise record of 106 losses, set in 2005 — and made a game-saving defensive play in the eighth inning.The Indians had runners at second and third with two outs when Yandy Diaz chopped a slow roller between third baseman Hunter Dozier and Mondesi, who made a quick scoop and an off-balance throw to get a diving Diaz.“We practice on that every day,” Mondesi said of throwing across his body, “so when it comes in the game it’s a lot easier for us.”Yost was more effusive about the play.“That is a play in that situation that very few shortstops are going to make, because it does require such athleticism Glenn Robinson Jersey , such range and such arm strength to be able to complete that play,” Yost said.Jason Hammel (4-14) worked a scoreless 10th, one of five relievers the Royals used in five scoreless innings from the bullpen.The AL Central champion Indians (89-70), who are locked into an AL Divisional Series matchup beginning next week with the reigning world champion Houston Astros, got their only run in the first.
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