Detroit — Three Tigers are among the finalists to win a Gold Glove — and for each, it'd be his first.
Catcher Alex Avila, second baseman Ian Kinsler and first baseman Miguel Cabrera made the final three at their position, Rawlings announced Thursday.
Only the Royals have more finalists than the Tigers. The Mariners, Orioles and Red Sox also have three.
Kinsler has to be the best bet to win a Gold Glove for the Tigers, after a spectacular season in the field. He's up against Robinson Cano of the Mariners and Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox. Avila's competition is Yan Gomes of the Indians and Salvador Perez of the Royals. Cabrera, a surprise finalist, takes on the Royals' Eric Hosmer and the Angels' Albert Pujols. The Tigers have never had a Gold Glove first baseman.
Also notable, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, a Birmingham Brother Rice alum, is nominated in the National League.
Managers, coaches and members of the sabermetric community vote on the award.
Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 on ESPN2.
Nevin's job hunt
Former Tigers minor-league manager Phil Nevin doesn't appear to be in the mix for the Twins managerial opening. Asked what's new on that front, he said, "Nothing."
Nevin, fired as Triple-A Toledo manager late in the summer of 2013, interviewed this offseason for managerial openings with the Astros and Diamondbacks. Those jobs when to former Tiger A.J. Hinch and Chip Hale, respectively.
All's quiet on the Twins front, though some suspect Paul Molitor is the target there.
Nevin, 43, managed this year at Triple-A Reno, in the Diamondbacks system.