Originally written on The Nats Blog  |  Last updated 10/29/12
Rawlings Sporting Goods released their 2012 Gold Glove Award finalists today, and they'll be announced at 9:30 pm Tuesday on ESPN 2. Among the NL's finalists are two Washington Nationals' infielders: Adam LaRoche and Ian Desmond. Both LaRoche and Desmond have real chances to win the award because of their offensive impact this season. That may seem silly for an award rewarding defense, but Rawlings has historically considered good defensive players with good offensive numbers rather than great defensive players with average-to-poor offensive numbers. LaRoche put up an impressive 6.1 UZR at first base this season and was perhaps the most consistent defensive performer for the Nats. He was able to save Desmond, Danny Espinosa, and Ryan Zimmerman from sure errors all year with his incredible glove. Meanwhile, Desmond's defense has improved greatly over the years. This is the first season of his three full years in the major leagues that he has a UZR in positive territory at 4.8. Ultimately, Votto has far fewer innings than LaRoche, but he has a slightly higher UZR, one fewer error, and a higher WAR and slash line. LaRoche was far more durable, only missing eight games this season, and although my gut tells me Votto will walk away with the first base award, it will be close. Ian Desmond is dwarfed by Zack Cozart in UZR, but his offensive numbers pale in comparison to the Nationals' shortstop. I think Jimmy Rollins is the main competition for Desmond here, but I actually believe Ian Desmond will win his first of many Gold Gloves at shortstop. Two (three?) snubs: Neither Ryan Zimmerman nor Danny Espinosa were nominated for the Gold Glove award this year, even though both of them probably deserve the nomination. Zimmerman had little chance to win the award because of stiff competition this year in David Wright, Chase Headley, and Aramis Ramirez, but Espinosa seems like a snub. I don't think he would have won the award, but Aaron Hill was nominated over Espinosa, likely due to his incredibly impressive offensive season. You could even add Bryce Harper to the list of snubs for outfielders. However, because they now nominate by position rather than outfield as a whiole, I think that hurts Harper, who split time between center and right fields this season due to Jayson Werth's injury. 
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Arizona Cardinals make Jen Welter first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Junior Seau family says Hall of Fame went back on its word

Kobe will probably see time at power forward next year

Angels acquire Shane Victorino from the Red Sox

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clemson's Swinney wants Notre Dame in a conference

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel as Browns starter

David Price won't rule out Red Sox despite testy past

Bullying victim Jonathan Martin retiring from NFL

Why Jay Gruden may lose job if he can’t fix Robert Griffin III

Report: T.Y. Hilton wants similar contract to Dez Bryant

Nick Saban has incredible advice for his players on chasing girls

Nik Stauskas trolls Thad Matta

Will Smith fires back at former teammate Junior Galette

Sammy Watkins: It's a "problem" if Bills don't win AFC East

The most important quarterback in the game?

Boston Mayor Walsh refusing to sign Olympic host contract

Chris Johnson accused of smashing up Rolls-Royce rental

Astros’ playoff push prompts rescheduling of Taylor Swift

Answering the AFC East's biggest questions in 2015

Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

College football's top 10 coaches on the hot seat for 2015

Was Gregg Popovich close to retiring last year?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Cardinals hire first female NFL coach

Larry Bird: Michael Jordan would kill me in 1-on-1 now

Seau family: HOF broke their word

Kobe to see time at power forward next year

Mike Pettine not ruling out Manziel

Galette appears to unload on Payton

Dez Bryant in 'financial distress' before signing new deal

Top 10 CFB coaches on the hot seat

Was Popovich close to retiring last year?

Kyle Busch continues historic run with Brickyard win

WATCH: Mike Trout HR lands in 'Trout Net'

With Cueto dealt, what's the market for other pitchers?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker