While Silver Slugger awards reward the best hitters at every position and Gold Gloves are awarded to the best fielders, there hasn’t been a single award for the best player in every role. Now there is. Major League Baseball unveiled a pair of All-MLB teams on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings, with the squads including a player at each position to go along with a full five starters and two relievers. Since the main other piece of news today has involved Scott Boras’ love of birds, let’s take a quick look at the All-MLB teams and see what WAR has to say.
Here are the teams:
The 2019 All-MLB First & Second Teams!
LOVE seeing this concept for baseball… Love the idea of honoring the full season’s contributions from players, MLB-wide.
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) December 10, 2019
Let’s run them down position by position.
WAR: Realmuto (5.7), Grandal (5.2)
There is nothing really to see here as the selections matched their WAR and the two players listed were more than a win clear of third-place Mitch Garver.