As further evidence of the Marlins’ improved defense in 2011, two of their infielders are finalists for a Rawlings Gold Glove award.
Neither first baseman Gaby Sanchez not second baseman Omar Infante is a favorite, but being included among the top three at their position in their circuit is a worthy accomplishment nonetheless. A vote of league managers and coaches determine the awards, which will be revealed Tuesday at 10 p.m. during a one-hour telecast on MLB Network.
Sanchez is up against Joey Votto and James Loney. Albert Pujols and Adrian Gonzalez, who moved to the American League, and ex-Marlin Derrek Lee combined to win seven of the last eight NL awards at first base. Lee opened the season with the Orioles before a trade sent him to the Pirates.
Infante, Brandon Phillips and Neil Walker are vying for the NL Gold Glove at second. Phillips is the favorite having won two of the last three.
In a related item, Sanchez, Infante and the rest of the Marlins’ infielders no longer will ...