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Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:28 pm

By Evan Brunell

For the first time, the Gold Gloves were unveiled in a televised presentation on Tuesday night. Below, you can find the results of the awards. Winners are chosen by managers and coaches who vote for players in their leagues and can't pick players on their own teams.

AL: Matt Wieters, Orioles -- Wieters became the first Orioles catcher to win the award. I predicted Wieters would win the award in late September saying that "Runners fear Wieters' arm -- he's only allowed 56 stolen bases all season, while the next-lowest total among catchers who qualify for the batting title is J.P. Arencibia's 77, achieved in 10 less starts. Oh, and Wieters has nabbed 32 runners for a caught-stealing rate of 36 percent, a high percentage for a catcher.

NL: Yadier Molina, Cardinals (pictured) -- Obviously. He wins the award for the fourth straight year, the first time since Charles Johnson from 1995-98.

First base
AL: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox -- Gonzalez wins his third Gold Glove and pairs with second baseman Dustin Pedroia to keep the right side of the infield to one team in the AL. The same goes for the NL.

NL: Joey Votto, Reds -- Votto takes home his first Gold Glove award to put on the mantel along with his MVP trophy from 2010.

Second base
AL: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox -- This is Pedroia's second Gold Glove and first since 2008. As one of the best second basemen in the league, this was a no-brainer. "It's fun playing alongside him," Gonzalez said of Pedroia on ESPN2, saying the communication is top-notch between the two players.

NL: Brandon Phillips, Reds -- The color red really dominated first and second, as the Reds in the NL take home the awards at each respective position. Same with the AL and Red Sox. Phillips wins his third Gold Glove.

Third base
AL: Adrian Beltre, Rangers -- What I said back in September: "Beltre somehow only has two Gold Gloves despite a career of success. That success continues in 2011 in Texas, as Beltre has tremendous range compared with soft hands. Evan Longoria is a fantastic defender as well, but in the AL there simply is no comparison to Beltre."

NL: Placido Polanco, Phillies -- Back in September, C. Trent Rosecrans picked Pablo Sandoval of the Giants. "There are players with better defensive reputations than the Kung Fu Panda, but nobody's had a better year," he wrote. Gold Glove voters disagreed, and Polanco gets his third Gold Glove -- first at third base. He becomes the second major leaguer to win a Gold Glove at two separate positions, following Darin Erstad nabbing one for first base and outfield.

AL: Erick Aybar, Angels -- It's Aybar's first Gold Glove, and he's as good a pick as any to dethrone Derek Jeter's undeserved Gold Glove last season.

NL: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies -- Trent may not have gotten Sandoval right, but he nailed Tulo. "The Rockies may know a little something about drafting defensive shortstops -- they picked two of the best in the league, Tulowitzki and the Astros' Clint Barmes. Finally healthy, Barmes was outstanding defensively for the Astros, while Tulowitzki seems like the second coming of Cal Ripken," he wrote.

Left field
AL: Alex Gordon, Royals -- Gordon racked up the assists this year, but how do you not give this to Brett Gardner?

NL: Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks -- Parra grabs his first Gold Glove. I haven't heard Parra as a name among the elite defenders, but there you go. He appears worthy.

Center field
AL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox -- Ellsbury's victory gives the Red Sox three Gold Glovers. It must be sweet music for the center fielder too, after being moved to left field to start 2010 amid reports of poor defense. Frankly, this is a stretch -- Ellsbury still takes poor routes to the ball. But he's fast, so that helps. It's the first time since 1979 Boston has three winners.

NL: Matt Kemp, Dodgers -- Really? Kemp is a poor center fielder, and it's really difficult to imagine Kemp as a Gold Glove finalist, never mind a victor. But we all know that Gold Glove awards usually aren't worth much, and in this case...

Right field
AL: Nick Markakis, Orioles -- Markakis is not a very good defender. In fact, he made my list as the AL's worst defensive right fielder. I wouldn't go so far as to say that anymore, but a Gold Glove? Frankly, though, I have a hard time getting worked up about who wins the Gold Glove because it's such an irrelevant and inefficient award. For true honoring of defensive prowess, check out the Fielding Bible winners.

NL: Andre Ethier, Dodgers -- It's just the second time in the 21st centery that outfield teammates have won a Gold Glove award. Ethier wins his first. Not quite deserved.

AL: Mark Buerhle, White Sox -- It's his third straight Gold Glove.

NL: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers -- It's the first award for Kershaw, who said on ESPN2 during the unveiling that he did not expect to win the award. Kershaw spoke about how pitchers fielding practice in spring training can get old, but it provides the basis for good defense. "Once you get out on the field, repetition helps it sink in," he said.

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Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:24 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Call a cop...Brett Gardner was robbed!

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:24 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Now is the time for the Dodgers to get ride of this cancer!  Great Call!

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:23 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Now is the time for the Dodgers to get ride of this cancer!  Great Call!

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:11 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

And the All-Star votes are all merit  Nobody cares who wins a Gold Glove, especially the players.  It's not as if it helps them in negotiating a new FA contract.  Why do we have the All-Star game anyway?

Kemp is a pretty good CF, he has speed and good throwing arm, I think his skills are worthy of an insignificant award such as this.  As a Dodger fan (and I use that term loosely), I am glad to see the players thay played well get recognized.  I do question Ethier being on that list, a guy that talks about not being a Dodger next year during the current season and while still under contract for another year is suspect t me.

Since: Oct 25, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:58 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

This award has degenerated from an arguable yearly award to a meaningless yearly gift, and now to it's present state as a running yearly joke. 

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:42 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

This guy is an idiot or just hates the Orioles. Nick Markakis is among the worst RF in baseball? His fielding% is the highest among anyone over his career, and he is routinely in the top 3 if not leading baseball in outfield assists. The only reason he doesn't have more is people just don't run on him too much any more. I mean if there was someone this guy wanted mroe you could understand, but don't go that far out. And for that matter Aybar is not just as good as anyone to dethrone Jeter. it should have been Hardy or Peralta who both had better seasons than Aybar. Hardy led AL SS in fielding at .990 AND hit 30 HR. He does like Weiters but what is not to like. He was head and shoulders above anyone else at catching base stealers and had one passed ball all year, was durable and hit for power.

It is odd to see no Yankees or Rays on here though.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:20 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Sorry, anyone who watches baseball knows that Mark Texiera and Alber Pujols are the best frielding 1st basemen in the AL and NL. Texiera, overall. Period.
Placido Polanco? LOLOL, Gold Glove? Yea ok, he was as qualified as me, to win that award. The guy was barely noticable in MLB this year. He had about -0- web gems.
"Aybar ....he's as good a pick as any to dethrone 's undeserved Gold Glove last season". Really and Polanco is better than Aramis, or Zimmerman or Wright? Hes about as good as Greg Dobbs. Jeter has a great fielding year last year. And no doubt, Teixiera saved him a coupld of throwing errors, but hes no Gonzalez, yea ok.
All these awards are a biased JOKE. If u play Fantasy or follow a fave team all season.. YOU dont need a bunch of morons to tell yuo who had a good year.

Since: Dec 10, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:11 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Historically, Gold Gloves winners don't go to the best, is a popularity contest.  But I disagree that Matt Kemp is a poor CF, he might have an occasional mental error which makes him undeserving of a Gold Glove, but he is not a poor CF by any means!  As a Dodger fan, I say Ethier is quite a surprise, because I never seen him as a good defensive outfielder but an average one ... and if we could give a Gold Glove to a pitcher based on one play, I say Carpenter should get it for his head first stretch slide in the post-season, lol 

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:59 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

This is why I hate blogs being used as "news" as they always throw in their own two cents instead of just reporting facts.  Well, I guess as a retort, we get to use these stupid message boards.  Ahem.  Quit referring to Jeter's award being "undeserved" last year as he had just as good a year as ANYBODY at shortstop.  In fact, if anything, he should get MORE accolades for playing good defense at his age and with his "diminished range".  You clowns are a joke.  You're part of the same group of clowns that said Jeter was "done" at the beginning of this year just because he didn't hit .300 right out of the gate.  Well, guess what, he hit almost .300 on the button by the time the year ended and was hitting higher than that for the whole second half of the season.  So go get stuffed.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:00 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

As Dodger fan I love that Ethier won a Gold Glove which hopefully makes him even more valuable to trade. Come on Coiletti or whoever the new GM will be, trade his guy now why his value is highest. There's got to be at least a couple stupid GM's out there that would pay big for Ethier.

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