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White Sox: Adam Eaton Finalist for Gold Glove Award

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Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton (1) makes a catch against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 31, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton (1) makes a catch against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton is a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove award. Boston’s  Mookie Betts and Houston’s George Springer are the other finalists in the American League.

Adam Eaton‘s defensive prowess paid off for the Chicago White Sox. Now, he is a finalist for the Rawling’s Gold Glove Award. Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and George Springer of the Houston Astros are the other finalists in the American League.

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Eaton was literally a human highlight reel all season. He had many phenomenal catches and hardly ever made a bad defensive play. He is definitely the best defender on this team and is a valuable asset. No one dares to run on him when he is patrolling right field.

‘Spanky’ was a finalist for the same award in 2014. Only it was for center field. He has shown to be a very versatile defender and is the type of player this organization can build around.

Defensively, Eaton was second to Betts in defensive runs saved, with 22. In addition to that, he led all outfielders with 18 assists. Watching him throughout the season, you could tell he had excellent range. It’s no surprise he is a finalist for the award.

He also was very productive at the plate. Eaton batted .284 with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs. His 91 runs scored were first on the team and his 14 stolen bases were second to Todd Frazier. He also carried a WAR (wins above replacement) of 6.0.

White Sox fans didn’t have much to cheer about this season, but Eaton was definitely a bright spot. It will be a nice thing for fans if he were to win the award. He definitely has a strong case for it. There’s no doubt he was the most valuable player for this organization.

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Interestingly enough, former manager Robin Ventura is the last White Sox position player to win a gold glove, doing so in 1988. Jake Peavy won the award as a part of the team in 2012. The winner will be announced on Nov. 8.

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