Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chris Taylor (3) is out at second on a double play as St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong

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Wong 'laughed' off last year's Gold Glove snub, 'no excuses' this year

The Cardinals second baseman named six Cardinals – including himself – with a shot to win a Gold Glove in 2019

February 12, 2019 - 4:29 pm
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JUPITER, Fla (KMOX) - The St. Louis Cardinals second baseman isn't quite calling his shot to earn some personal hardware in 2019, but knows there's really nothing in his way from winning a Gold Glove in 2019. 

Everything seems to be in his favor: His new first baseman is going to make him better. His toughest competition for the award is now in the American League. His defensive sabermetrics look just as good as the diving catches and off-balance throws he made last year.

D.J. LeMahieu, then with the Colorado Rockies and now with the New York Yankees, was named the winner last year over Wong – who won Fielding Bible's 2018 award at second base. Our Chris Hrabe and Mike Claiborne talked to Wong about losing out last year to LeMahieu and what it means for this year (listen to the full audio at the bottom of this page).

"Now these guys know my name and they know who I am as a player and I'm continuing to work and get better," Wong says. "When I found that out that I didn't win it, I kind of just laughed. I knew that this was just another stepping stone for me, another progression to become better. 

"Like I said, they know my name and now there's no excuses." 

Wong also believes St. Louis' infield as a whole is now among the best defensive infields in baseball. Noting the perennial Gold Glove first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, shortstop Paul DeJong who was tied for ninth in all of MLB for defensive WAR last year. 

He even mentioned Matt Carpenter at third base as an under-the-radar candidate. 

You could even look at St. Louis' entire middle of the field with Yadier Molina, who won his ninth Gold Glove last year and Harrison Bader in center field, as potential Gold Glove winners.

If we set the over-under Cardinals Gold Gloves for 2019 at two-and-a-half, would you take the over or the under?