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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: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:32 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Elvis Andrus is robbed again this year.  What a joke.  His errors were up but that's because he gets to a third more balls than anyone else.

For those of us who got to watch him every day, there is no one better defensively than Elvis Andrus.

Hopefully these writers will put the bong down long enough to give him one next year.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:24 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Once again, this years winners remind us what a joke the Gold Glove Awards are.  Pointless.

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:20 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

So being tied for third in all of baseball in assists and second in DPs, all while only making 5 errors in 157 games isn't worthy? Or being tied for eighth in all of baseball and making ZERO errors isn't worthy? Those are Kemp's and Ethier's bonafides. What, Brunell, brunelli, whatever it is, you got a man-crush on Victorino and Bruce or something?

Since: Sep 12, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:49 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Evan, are you on crack or just an Oriole hater? "Markakis is not a very good defender"? What facts or observations do you base this idiotic comment on? Have you ever seen him play? Have you reviewed his stats? You've never seen any the many replays of him making diving catches or robbing would be home runs? Obvioulsy whoever you have a man-crush on must be a Right Fielder and you're upset he didn't win. There can be no other explanation for such a moronic statement.

Everyone should bombard him @evanbrunell on Twitter

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:39 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

The winners like ethier and kemp and ellsbury are interesting. Get this clear this is a defensive award that goes more on popularity and offense than any other sports award. Some are correct like weiters n aybar. seriously though? ellsbury over austin jackson, i indeed am a tigs fan but this is outlandish at best. I felt Weiters and Avila were the 2 strongest candidates at any position after these 2 it starts to fog up. Weiters is clearly better but also more rested. These awards are jokes in todays game, but also point at the glaring hole in terms of fundamentals that players with incredible physical abilities lack. i feel that a the driving of steroids from the game will sortly reverse this absurdity in baseball, people like clint barmes are going to become the norm rather than the exception. get tejada out and aybars in.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:03 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Obviously I'm happy, but more shocked that Adrian Beltre won a GG at 3rd over Alex Rodriguez!  Not that it isn'r obious which of the two deserved it, but who threatened the voters?  I mean I thought a-rod was the automatic winner of this award, his for the taking year in and year out? 

And what about Erick Aybar beating out Derek Jeter?  Is the world coming to end when the two golden boys of NY get beat out by two AL West players? 

On a serious note though...I'd like to see Mike Napoli get more time behind the plate during the season and see how he competes for the GG...then again, he was awesome in the post season with all the rest during the season spliting time with Yorvit Torrealba and then also DH'ing and playing 1st.

Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:03 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Hey Evan, are you related to Brian Stow?  Could you hate on the Dodger a little more please?  I mean it's not like us Dodger fans haven't suffered enough.  Let's just make a mockery out of any accolades that come the Dodgers way.  More crappy east coast biased reporting!  You say yourself the voting is subjective, so why all the hate?  I can't wait till Kershaw undeservingly(lol) wins the Cy Young, I'm sure you will have complaints about that as well.  FREE THE DODGERS!  SELL McCOURT SELL!

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:57 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Gold Glove left field,,  The comment on how do you not give this to one of the precious yankees(Gardner). Well simple....  Gordon had better stats. This writer is obviously a Yankee fan. Sorry dude... yynkees dont always get what they want. Gordon had less errors(3) than Gardner (5). He had more assists (20) than Gardner (7) and his fielding percntage was higher than Gardners .991 t0 .985. What else do you want for a gold glove???   I wish the writers would at least keep their bias to theirself and report the facts. Gardner was good but not as good as Gordon.  Yankee fan get over yourself and your precious Yankees. 

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:52 pm
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Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:17 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

I agree that this award tends to be a joke, i.e. Derek Jeter's GG last year. It should be based on defensive numbers instead of votes to make the award objective instead of subjective to the opinion of the voters, like the batting, RBI, and HR titles. With all the metrics that are available, this shouldn't be too hard to implement.

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