Jackie Bradley Jr. says Gold Glove 2018 was actually his worst defensive season

John Tomase
February 12, 2019 - 3:22 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- You may have thought Jackie Bradley's 2018 was pretty great defensively. He won a Gold Glove and seemingly made two highlight reel catches a week.

Bradley has a different take.

"Last year was probably, maybe my worst, in my mind," Bradley said outside JetBlue Park on Tuesday, one day before pitchers and catchers officially report. "But it goes to show that sometimes what you think might not be accurate, but I think I can get better and learn some things and still continue to grow."

Bradley's not complaining, mind you. The ALCS MVP and defensive wizard was going to win a Gold Glove at some point, and doing so for the World Series champs was just icing on the cake.

"t's amazing. It's something that I always worked hard for," Bradley said. "You never want to talk about individual awards, but it's something that I always wanted to be a part of. It's something that I've dreamed of getting one day and to finally have one, I'm honored to join the elite crew."

So how does Bradley judge his defense?

"I judge it by, there's a lot of things I judge it by," he said. "Overall the balls I get to, don't get to, sometimes I feel like certain situations I might feel like I can get to it but the situation of the game might not dictate that I be overly aggressive. I feel like those things, they don't really look at. Say you're up by three runs and there's a guy on first base, you'll be more likely to keep the ball in front of you than go all-out and try to make a great play that can possibly get by you. There are a lot of things that go into it.

"Internally, I know I have a feel. I know right away whether I can get a ball or I can't, if it's going to be close. But yeah I'm very strict on myself."