Great defense manifests in many different ways: Robbing a home run, making a diving play in the infield, scooping a ball in the dirt at first and catching a runner stealing second base all rightly populate defensive highlight reels. The Gold Glove Awards exist to honor all varieties of great defense.
Tuesday night, the 2017 Gold Glove Award winners were announced, so we have nine GIFs of the National League winners below.
P: Zack Greinke
Greinke just won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove because not many pitchers can make a leaping stop then casually turn a double play.
C: Tucker Barnhart
Catching a batted ball as a catcher is a multi-step process. First, come out of the crouch. Then, flip the mask off. Find the ball. Get to the ball. Make the catch. Barnhart does all of that very quickly.
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
Some players have vertical range. Others have horizontal range. Gold Glovers have both, which is why Goldschmidt has now won the award 3 of the last 5 years.
2B: DJ LeMahieu
Making a diving stop, a throw from your knees or a spinning throw is hard enough if you're only trying to do one on them at a time. LeMahieu can do all three in the same play.
3B: Nolan Arenado
There's range and then there's field-a-bunt-on-the-first-base-side-of-the-pitcher's-mound range. Arenado is blessed with the latter.
SS: Brandon Crawford
Crawford does everything well at shortstop. Sometimes he even does everything in a single play:
LF: Marcell Ozuna
Hitters trying to hit a ball over the left-field fence at Marlins Park often found Ozuna just sort of just hanging on the wall ready to thwart their efforts.
CF: Ender Inciarte
Watching Inciarte play center field makes one reevaluate what a catchable ball is. There's no way anyone can catch this ball; that is, until Inciarte caught it:
RF: Jason Heyward
This is Heyward's fourth consecutive Gold Glove in right field. The only question about his defense is how many more will he win?