This season may mark Carlos Gonzalez's first Gold Glove, but it certainly won't be his last. To err is human, so maybe Carlos had to commit one to feel normal.
In 268 chances, Gonzalez only committed one error while collecting 259 putouts and eight assists. His fielding percentage came in at .996, mere hundredths of a percentage away from the unthinkable.
Perhaps the best part of this 25-year-old's defensive game is the fundamentals you don't see on the stat line. The center fielder has range, quickness and finely-tuned instincts. Some of the best attributes of a defensive whiz are the things that don't make the headlines.
Reading the pitch and the bounce off the bat is hard to teach, and even harder to learn. Knowing the situation of the base runners and outs at all times is a vital piece to every fielder's defensive game. Gonzalez does this on a routine basis.
Having the ability to do this in a vast space such as the outfield is more impressive than playing first base.