Oakland A’s third baseman Matt Chapman wins Heart and Hustle Award

Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman is having a pretty good week.

On Sunday, the 25-year old Victorville, Calif., native hit a game-winning chopper up the middle to clinch a Bay Bridge Series victory for the A’s. On Monday, before he slugged his 11th home run of the season, the Society for American Baseball Research named him the top defensive player in baseball in its midseason report.

On Tuesday morning, Chapman earned 2018 Heart and Hustle Award, voted on by the Major League Baseball Players Association Alumni. He joined Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants as one of 30 team winners, from whom a league-wide winner will be chosen on November 8, 2018 at the 19th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City.

“Matt is a pure talent with an old-school approach to the game,” Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson said in a statement. “He gives as much on the field as he does off and is an asset in all respects.”

Chapman, who missed 15 games with a right hand contusion, leads the major leagues in defensive runs saved (22). He also leads all big leaguers with a 17.2 defensive index rating according to SABR. The defensive index rating  is calculated using two types of defensive metrics — those based on batted ball location-based data (Defensive Runs Saved, UZR and Runs Effectively Defended) and metrics collected from play-by-play (Defensive Regression Analysis and Total Zone Rating).

The SABR Defensive Index accounts for about 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, with the rest coming from votes by the managers and coaches.

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