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Athletics 3B Matt Chapman Wins Overall Defensive Player of the Year Award

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2018

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics fields during the game against the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2018 New York, New York. The Yankees defeated the Athletics 7-2. Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
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Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was named the 2018 Wilson Overall Defensive Player of the Year. 

The award is given to the best defender in the majors during the season at any position, and Chapman stood above the rest to get the well-deserved honor. He is the first Athletics player to win the award in its seven-year history, per 95.7 The Game.

Chapman is also the first third baseman to win the honor and just the third infielder out of nine recipients (the awards were handed out by the league in the first two years).

The 25-year-old had an outstanding season in the field and it was seen in several defensive metrics:

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He led all Major Leaguers regardless of position in defensive runs saved (29), and led American League third basemen in total chances (484), assists (331), and zone rating (.853). Matt Chapman wins Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in Hero-Town. #RootedInOakland https://t.co/5i6ri8qVR4

Mark Simon @MarkASimonSays

Matt Chapman: 1st career Gold Glove Award Thanks @PerezEd for the shout-out to Defensive Runs Saved Chapman had 29. No other 3B had more than 10! Chapman's 29 Runs Saved were most in MLB (by 8!)

His 3.5 defensive wins above replacement also led the majors, per Baseball Reference.

For those who don't trust analytics, the eye test was also impressive throughout the year:

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Ladies and gentlemen, your Wilson Defensive Player of the Year @mattchap6. #RootedInOakland https://t.co/PJ9u6LyvV0

This helped him win the Gold Glove award in his first full year at this level, while his 24 home runs and .864 OPS made him a breakout player across baseball.

Considering he has still only played 229 career games, Chapman is basically just getting started in his career and will likely take home more hardware before it's all said and done.

No one has ever won the Overall Defensive Player of the Year twice, but the A's star has a chance to break the trend based on his talent at the position.