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Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera are both finalists for 2016 Gold Glove Awards

Freddy Galvis has always been known for his glove, but Odubel Herrera is relatively new to playing center field. The two have taken different paths, but both are finalists to receive a Gold Glove for their defensive play in 2016.

On the morning of November 9th, a hotly contested and nasty presidential election will be over. But the results of another battle will be announced when Major League Baseball announces the winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and center fielder Odubel Herrera are both in the running to win the honors for their respective positions. 

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After Galvis made a surprising number of errors (17) in 2015, he spent the offseason working on getting back to being the type of defensive player that he had been for most of his career. The dedication worked and Galvis led all National League shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage this past season, making just eight errors in over 600 chances. The 27-year old also made more starts at shortstop (153) than any other shortstop in the league. For his career, Galvis has a .982 fielding percentage as a shortstop, where he has played 343 games with the Phillies.

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Herrera, 24, made the transition from second base to center field for the Phillies in 2015 and took quickly to the position. While Herrera's fielding percentage of .977 falls well shy of the league average of .989 for center fielders, he did have 11 outfield assists, good enough for fourth in the National League in 2016. Herrera's fielding percentage actually was higher (.986) in 2015 than it was this past season, but he wasn't considered for a Gold Glove last year.

Galvis is up against Brandon Crawford (San Francisco) and Addison Russell (Chicago Cubs) for the award. Crawford won the Gold Glove in 2015. Herrera is up against Billy Hamilton (Cincinnati) and Ender Inciarte (Atlanta). Ironically, Inciarte was a Rule 5 pick by the Phillies in 2012, but was returned to Arizona. Herrera was a Rule 5 pick from the Rangers in 2014 and has stuck with the Phillies.


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