CLEVELAND — Two Cleveland Indians players have been named 2020 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners.
Catcher Roberto Pérez and second baseman César Hernández have both won the prestigious award given for excellence in fielding within Major League Baseball.
Pérez, 31, has now won the award in back to back seasons, earning his first career Gold Glove Award in 2019.
He is one of the league’s best catchers, leading the position in caught stealing percentage, throwing out 69% of would-be base stealers. He has a career-best 126-game errorless streak which he carries into the 2021 season.
The Indians recently exercised the catcher’s 2021 club option.
Pérez is just the second catcher in franchise history to earn multiple Gold Gloves, the other being Ray Fosse in 1970 and 1971.
While Pérez is no stranger to the award now, Hernández is celebrating his first Gold Glove Award with his win on Tuesday.
Hernández played in 503.2 innings at second base during the 2020 season. In that time he had 210 chances in the field with four errors, leaving Hernandez with a .981 fielding percentage for the season. The second baseman recorded 67 putouts and 139 assists, in addition to making 33 double plays.
The last second baseman to win the award on the Indians was Roberto Alomar in 2001.
This is the second year in a row that two Tribe players have won the fielding award. In 2019, Pérez joined shortstop Francisco Lindor in collecting the hardware.