Washington Nationals' first baseman Adam LaRoche and Nats' center fielder Denard Span were both named finalist for the Rawlings Gold Gloves at their respective positions this afternoon.
As the people at Rawlings noted on Twitter today in announcing the finalists, the formula used to determine the Gold Glove winners is a mix of player/manager voting and sabermetric analysis:
Mgrs/coaches only vote intra-League & can't vote 4 players on own team. 15 teams/league * up to 7 votes/team = up to 105 mgrs/coaches votes— Rawlings Sports (@RawlingsSports) October 23, 2014
LaRoche, in his fourth season in the nation's capital, posted a .994 fielding percentage with seven fielding errors total on the year, a -5.0 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating), -5.2 UZR/150 and 0 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved).
Gonzalez finished the year in Los Angeles with a .995 fld%, seven errors (all fielding), 5.5 UZR, 5.1 UZR/150 and 12 DRS.
Morneau put up a .997 fld% with four errors (three fielding, one throwing), a 6.3 UZR, 7.2 UZR/150 and 8 DRS.
Span, in his second season in center with the Nationals, made four errors total, two fielding and two throwing, while posting a .990 fld%, a -4.7 UZR and -4.5 UZR/150 with -3 DRS and seven outfield assists on the year. (FP and Bob will not like what the stats say about Span!)
Hamilton posted a .994 fld% with two fielding errors, 10 outfield assists, a 20.1 UZR, 21.7 UZR/150 and 14 DRS.
Lagares put up a .984 fld%, with five errors, three throwing and two fielding, six outfield assists, 18.6 UZR, 25.3 UZR/150 and 28 DRS.
The 2014 Gold Glove winners will be announced on November 4th at 7:00 PM EDT on ESPN2.