Cleveland Guardian outfielder Steven Kwan is one of three players in the running for the Gold Glove Award in left field in the American League, reports Cleveland.com.
The 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Award is voted on by the manager and six coaches from each team.
It goes to the best defensive player at each position in each league.
Other American League left fielders named as finalist are Brandon Marsh of the Los Angeles Angels, who ended the year with the Philadelphia Phillies after being traded in August, and Andrew Benintendi, who was traded by Kansas City Royals to the New York Yankees in late July.
Kwan saved 21 runs from scoring, more than any other left fielder. He received a Gold Glove nomination along with four other teammates including center fielder Myles Straw.
“We’ve got the best center fielder in the game and we’ve got the best left fielder in the game,” Guardian outfield coach Kyle Hudson said.
“Really grateful for that,” Kwan said of his nomination to WKYC. “There’s obviously a lot of great left fielders, so just to be mentioned in that at all is a real honor.”
He spent Thursday night scooping ice cream for fans at a local creamery.
“I’m just grateful for all the people that came out, showed support,” Kwan said. “It just makes me want to come back next year and win for the whole city of Cleveland.”
In all, five players received Gold Glove nominations from the Guardians including pitcher Shane Bieber, second baseman Andrés Giménez and third baseman José Ramírez.
The Guardians surprised many by winning the American League Central and taking the Yankees to game 5 of a 5 game series for the division championship. They lost to the Yankees in the deciding game 5-1 on Tuesday.
Kwan’s father is Chinese American and his mother is Japanese American.
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