Rawlings announced the winners of the 2023 Gold Glove winners on Sunday evening and there was a winner once again from the Houston Astros.
IF/OF Mauricio Dubon was named the American League Gold Glove winner for the utility position, making him the first Astros player to win it from the utility spot, which didn’t receive a Gold Glove award until last season.
Dubon, 29, had a stellar season for Houston as one of the league’s best defenders, making 66 starts at second base in the absence of Jose Altuve, 23 starts in center field, nine starts at shortstop, six starts in left field, and even a pair of starts at first base. The do-it-all man even played at third base and right field at points during the season, making him just one of four MLB players to appear at seven different positions.
Dubon finished the second-ranked third in defensive runs saved for the American League with 5, despite playing less than half the season at that position. Additionally, his two starts at first base this season were the first of his career.
Dubon is the 15th Astros player to win a Gold Glove Award with Jeremy Pena (SS) and Kyle Tucker (RF) both winning in 2022. The franchise now has 32 Gold Gloves, including a winner in five of the last six seasons.
Because he won a Gold Glove, Dubon is now eligible to win the Rawlings Platinum Glove award. Voting for the Platinum Glove is open now until Thursday at 11:00 p.m. CT time at www.Rawlings.com.
The Gold Glove Award was created by Rawlings in 1957 and has since served as the highest honor for defense in the MLB. Winners are determined yearly by combining the voters from MLB managers and coaches as well as a sabermetric component.