BOSTON -- A shortstop in high school and a second baseman in his first couple of years in the Minor Leagues, Mookie Betts eventually found his true calling as an outfielder. The prowess of Betts in right field led to him winning his first career American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday.
Betts, who transitioned to the outfield for the Red Sox in 2014, beat out fellow AL right-field finalists George Springer of the Astros and Adam Eaton of the White Sox.
Making the honor more impressive is that Fenway Park is arguably the toughest right field to play in the Majors, with unique dimensions that stretch from 302 feet down the line to 380 in front of the bullpens.
Betts spent the majority of 2015 in center before taking up full-time residence in right for '16.
Major League managers and coaches, voting only within their league and unable to vote for players on their own teams, account for 75 percent of the selection process; the sabermetrics community accounts for the other 25 percent.