Sunday night, ESPN hosted Major League Baseball’s annual Gold Glove award show. The Pirates had three candidates with Kevin Newman (SS), Bryan Reynolds (CF), and the man of the hour, Jacob Stallings (C). Stallings found himself tied for the most defensive runs saved in the majors by any position player, with Carlos Correa at 21.
The Golden Glove is awarded to a single player at each position in both the National and American leagues and is voted on by the managers and coaches in each league.
No one works harder. No one deserves this more.
A big congrats to Jacob Stallings on being named a Gold Glover! pic.twitter.com/4Qnxm6qT6d
— Derek Shelton (@derekshelton) November 8, 2021
Stallings, the Pirates’ longest tenured player, was awarded the National League Golden Glove at the catcher position. He became the first Pirate catcher to win a Golden Glove since Mike LeValliere did it in 1987. Although Stallings isn’t a wizard with the bat, his defensive ability and mentorship to the Pirate’s young pitching staff are immeasurable. The voting committee clearly thought the same thing.