Phillies Pitcher Zack Wheeler Wins Rawlings Gold Glove
While the Phillies were busy in the playoffs, Major League Baseball announced a number of "finalists" for this year's Rawlings Gold Glove award. The voting was already complete and the winner known, but this allowed fans of eliminated teams to feel relevant. Three Phillies players were named finalists. But one was a 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove winner: pitcher Zack Wheeler.
The award was Wheeler's first.
The award was only the fourth for a Phillies pitcher. The previous awards went to Steve Carlton, Jim Kaat, and Bobby Shantz. The last award for a Phillies pitcher happened 42 years ago, when Carlton took the award in 1981.
The other Phillies finalists included Bryson Stott at second base and J.T. Realmuto at catcher. The second base award ultimately went to Chicago Cubs second baseman Nico Hoerner. The catching position went to Gabriel Moreno of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Phillies field the pitching position very well. Pitchers Ranger Suárez and Taijuan Walker are also highly-regarded fielders.