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Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:28 pm
 
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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.

Catcher
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.

Shortstop
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.

Pitcher
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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Comments

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

PLEASE CANO GRANDERSON TEX WOULD NOT HAVE HALF THE HOME RUNS IF NOT FOR RIGHT FEILD AT YANKEE STADIUM. TO TALK ABOUT GONZALES DOUBLES AT FENWAY PARK IS SOUR GRAPES. THE BETTER FEILDER WON THE GOLDEN GLOVE AT 1st BASE. I AGREE IT WAS ALOT CLOSER AT SECOND BUT THE NUMBERS SAY PEDROIA.ELLSBURY NEVER MADE AN ERROR ALL YEAR SO HARD TO DISPUTE THAT PICK.BUT THEY STILL CHOKED DOWN THE STRECH AND DID NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS. THE YANKEES MADE THE PLAYOFFS BUT THE TIGERS ENDED THAT RUN.I THINK BOTH TEAMS BETTER FOCUS ON BETTER STARTING PITCHING BECAUSE GOLDEN GLOVES DO NOT WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS.



Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

So every night they have a top 10 play,Pedroia has half the talent of Cano so he over dramatizes evrery ball hit to his right or left and that ends up in the top 10
This sounds an awful lot like a guy who has all the intangibles you need to be a leader, no?  All he needs to do now is invent something similar to the jumpthrow and he will have it made.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:57 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Evan Brunell. Really? Seriously? Nick Markakis not a good right fielder. You are kidn right? All i can say is that for the first time that i can remember the award actually has some meaning. Usually its all based on favortism. Happy to see that guys like Jeter, A-Rod and others didnt get the award cuz who they are, who they play for and what they did with their bat.



Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:50 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

dodger hating already??? lol



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:41 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Plain and simple ESPN has their favorite team and that is the Red Sox.So every night they have a top 10 play,Pedroia has half the talent of Cano so he over dramatizes evrery ball hit to his right or left and that ends up in the top 10,Gonzalez no doubt is decent but not even close to Texeria,but every single night thsy are on the Top ten plays of the day and if they have a off day,you have Karl Ravitch with his toupee saying lets revisit a play from last nights Red Sox game.They over in flated batting averages due to the Green Monster,so when their on the road those doubles are routine flyball outs.Gonzalez did absolutly nothing down the stretch 91 rbi's at the break and barely broke 120.They are the Darlings of ESPN and that in itself is a JOKE.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:41 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Further proof that Golden Glove Awards are tied into offensive performance: Ichiro Suzuki missed out on GG for the first time in his career despite only 4 errors - the same or one less than he had the past 3 seasons. It is also the first year, he has hit under .300 (.272).

This award is ridiculous. I wish someone would come out with an award that truly recognizes defensive excellence.




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:29 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

And hence the modern day sport problem, you are basing things on sportscenter highlights.....



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:24 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Totally agree with you Jaysta.
The Rockies probably would've lost another 20 games if not for Cargo's defense.



Since: Jun 19, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:57 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

No gold glove for the Indians' Asdrubal Cabrera???  What an outrage by the people picking these awards.  I would suggest they watch Sportscenter every night and see how many times Asdrubal was the top play nominee.  A total disgrace that Aybar gets it over him.




Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:53 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Kemp over Victorino is a joke. Victorino did have a couple DL stints, I get that, but he's so much better than Kemp it's not even funny. Victorino went THE ENTIRE SEASON without making an error, Kemp had five. I understand Victorino had 50 less chances in 2011, but he had 370 chances last year (2010) and only 2 errors. It's safe to say he would have been just as dominant had he not been hurt.


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