Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts received the 2017 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award for right field, Rawlings announced tonight on ESPN.
The Gold Glove Award honors the best defenders at each position in each league. 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.
This marks the second consecutive Gold Glove Award in right field for Betts. He is the seventh Red Sox player since the award's 1957 inception to be recognized in multiple seasons, joining outfielders Carl Yastrzemski, Fred Lynn, and Dwight Evans, as well as first baseman George Scott, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and third baseman Frank Malzone. Betts-who turned 25 years old on October 7-and Scott are the only players in team history to win multiple Gold Glove Awards at the age of 25 or younger.
Betts played more innings (1,389.1) than any other major league outfielder for the second time in as many seasons, posting a .987 fielding percentage with eight assists, one double play, and only five errors in 379 chances. According to FanGraphs, he ranked first among players at all positions in ultimate zone rating (20.5), while his 31 defensive runs saved led major league outfielders and ranked second among all players behind only Andrelton Simmons (32).
From April 9 through July 25, Betts started 98 consecutive games in right field, marking the longest streak of consecutive starts by a Red Sox player since Mo Vaughn started 153 straight contests over the 1997-98 seasons (source: Elias Sports Bureau). In his final 99 regular season games, Betts committed just one error in 247 chances for a .996 fielding percentage, ending the regular season with a 51-game errorless streak.
This is the 45th Gold Glove Award in Red Sox history, earned by 21 different players. The Red Sox have earned at least one Gold Glove Award in eight of the last 13 seasons since 2005, totaling 11 awards in that time.
Fan voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR begins tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET at www.rawlings.com and continues through Thursday, November 9, at 10:00 p.m. ET. Fans can select only one 2017 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner from each league to take home this "best of the best" honor.