ST. LOUIS -- Mike Napoli wasn't one of the three Gold Glove finalists at first base in balloting conducted by managers and coaches.
Instead, Chris Davis of Baltimore, Eric Hosmer of Kansas City and James Loney of Tampa Bay were chosen. Award winners will be announced next week.
"I was [surprised]," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's done an outstanding job there. You're always going to feel that way about your own guy because you see the amount of work they've put in and all that's gone into the work he's done with [third-base coach Brian Butterfield, who is also in charge of the infielders]. In our mind he is [worthy]."
Napoli rated first in various advanced metrics (such as UZR) and those numbers were attached to the ballots that were sent out.
"I would see that in the minds of some if not many," said Farrell, "Mike is still viewed as a catcher who's playing first base. But we've got the ability to watch him every day. And how much of that is swayed by offensive production and is that why Davis takes a lot of the votes at the position."