Dodgers News: Mookie Betts Wins 2022 Gold Glove Award

Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Mookie Betts was named a 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in right field, edging out Daulton Varsho of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres’ Juan Soto.

It marks the sixth time Betts has won a Gold Glove Award, previously doing so in five consecutive years from 2016-2020. He was a finalist for the honor last season but lost out to Atlanta Braves right fielder Adam Duvall.

This season, Betts led National League right fielders in Total Zone Rating (31), and was second in Ultimate Zone Rating (12.5), Outs Above Average (5) and Defensive Runs Saved (15). He also was a leader in SABR Defensive Index (SDI) through Aug. 28, with 11.19.

To qualify for a Gold Glove Award, all infielders and outfielders must have played in the field for at least 698 total innings through his team’s 138th game. That equates to playing the field for approximately 7.5 innings per game in nearly 67% of games by his team’s 138th to ensure that only full-time players are considered.

Gold Glove Award winners are calculated based on a combination of voting by managers and coaches, and approximately 25% of the SABR Defensive Index (SDI). The 2022 season is the first time utility players have been included among finalists.

Only the manager and six coaches from each club vote, for a total of seven submissions per team. Managers and coaches cannot vote for their own players and can only submit ballots for those in their same league.

In 2013, Rawlings added SDI to the Gold Glove Award selection process, which comprises approximately 25% of the overall selection total, with the managers’ and coaches’ votes continuing to carry the majority.

Betts was the lone Dodgers’ winner of a Gold Glove for 2022, as Tyler Anderson fell short to Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves.

Mookie Betts wins Fielding Bible Award

The Gold Glove is added to Betts previously being named among the recipients of a 2022 Fielding Bible Award. He’s won that five times, which is tied with Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinals for second-most all-time.

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