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Could Red Sox outfielders make history by winning all 3 Gold Gloves?

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The Killer B's have been an absolute pleasure to watch defensively this season.

For all the love Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts garner at the plate, it's their collective work with the glove this season that's been especially jaw-dropping.

The latest example of the trios' extraordinary defensive skills came Sunday night against the Houston Astros when Benintendi threw out the potential game-tying run at the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning.

It was the fifth outfield assist for Benintendi this season and the second runner he's thrown out at the plate over the last week.

Red Sox outfielders have thrown out a runner at home in 3 of the club’s last 6 games. In each case, the Sox were tied or had a 1-run lead.— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) June 19, 2017

While there's still more than half the season to play, the Killer B's have positioned themselves to make history with the leather.

Since Major League Baseball began handing out the Gold Glove, no team in history has ever swept the award in the outfield, though nine different franchises have had two outfielders claim the award during the same season. The Red Sox have a chance to change that this year.

YEARTEAMPLAYERS
1959GiantsJackie Brandt/Willie Mays
1968Red SoxReggie Smith/Carl Yastrzemski
1978Red SoxDwight Evans/Fred Lynn
1979Red SoxDwight Evans/Fred Lynn
1981AthleticsRickey Henderson/Dwayne Murphy
1990PiratesBarry Bonds/Andy Van Slyke
1991PiratesBarry Bonds/Andy Van Slyke
1992PiratesBarry Bonds/Andy Van Slyke
1993ExposMarquis Grissom/Larry Walker
1994GiantsBarry Bonds/Darren Lewis
1996MarinersJay Buhner/Ken Griffey Jr.
2001MarinersMike Cameron/Ichiro Suzuki
2003MarinersMike Cameron/Ichiro Suzuki
2007BravesJeff Francoeur/Andruw Jones
2010MarinersFranklin Gutierrez/Ichiro Suzuki
2011DodgersMatt Kemp/Andre Ethier
2014OriolesAdam Jones/Nick Markakis

The league used to hand out the Gold Glove to the three best defensive players regardless of outfield position, but changed the criteria in 2011, and now one Gold Glove goes to a right fielder, left fielder, and center fielder. That change further helps the Red Sox chances of making history.

Mookie Betts

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66159.334.976

Betts leads the majors with 15 defensive runs saved among outfielders and shouldn't have much competition repeating as the Gold Glove winner. Max Kepler, Aaron Judge, and Kole Calhoun are Betts' main adversaries, though the Red Sox outfielder also leads all three in UZR, while having the same amount of assists.

Jackie Bradley Jr.

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5272.231.992

Equipped with a cannon for an arm and an ability to handle Fenway Park's challenging dimensions with extreme ease, Bradley Jr. is making a strong case for his first Gold Glove. The competition is steep, but a long-term injury to two-time winner Kevin Kiermaier opens the door for the field. Byron Buxton and Kevin Pillar are likely Bradley Jr.'s biggest competition.

Andrew Benintendi

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657-5.152.983

In just his first full season in the majors, Benintendi has had few growing pains playing in front of the Green Monster. A natural center fielder, the 22-year-old possesses a strong arm and plenty of range. He ranks second among AL right fielders in DRS and assists, though his UZR sees him in fourth. Reigning Gold Glove winner Brett Gardner and Alex Gordon should be considered Benintendi's main challengers.

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