Nolan Arenado of the Rockies and Matt Chapman of the A's have quickly developed reputations as the best defensive third basemen in the game, and on Friday, they were honored as Major League Baseball's premier defenders as the recipients of the 2018 Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards.

Established in 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards are given to the best defender in each league, as selected via a fan vote from among the Gold Glove Award winners at each position. Arenado earned his second consecutive Platinum Glove Award, while Chapman is a first-time winner, joining Adrian Beltre ('11, '12) and Manny Machado ('13) as American League third basemen to receive the honor.

The connection between Arenado and Chapman runs deeper than just the position they play.