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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: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:24 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Zobrist played 30 less games, and statiscally they were close if you look at their FPCT, with Pedroia still ahead.  Have you looked at any of the advanced statistics.   Not to mention Pedroia has the intangibles and gets to everything.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:13 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

The Red Sox players are very fortunate that MLB official scorers don't consider throwing away a season an error otherwise it would hard to justify any of them winning.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:42 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Brutal. The Rays had the best overall fielding in all of baseball and didn't come away with any. Longoria was statistically better than Beltre and Zobrist was better than Pedroia.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:34 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Unbelievable....You can knock the Orioles for a lot of things over the last decade plus but you have to be kidding with the statements about Nick Markakis. When reading your feelings about Markakis I kept wondering when you were going to throw in a punch line but it never came. Just can't believe that you are so unknowledgable about his defensive abilities. Markakis hasn't had the offensive seasons of late that many of us O's fans have been hoping for but good gracious man you cannot take away what he brings to the team defensively. Do your homework so you don't look ridiculous!

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:51 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

I can see where you are all coming from when you mention people that should have won it. Gerardo Parra over Carlos Gonzalez? Thats got to be one of the biggest mistakes on this as well. Not saying Parra is bad, Gonzalez is just that much better. Imagine if MVP was given out this way.... Yuck.

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:48 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Gardner was the best fielding Left fielder in the game this year and he dosn't get a gold glove? what a crock. And no way Dusty had a better year at 2nd than Cano. THe Yanks got robbed this year.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:40 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

I guess Brett Gardner getting robbed of a gold glove this season is payback for Derek Jeter's undeserving award last year. We all know these awards are a joke, but Gardner is a gold glove caliber center fielder playing in left, its not even fair.

Also I don't watch much of the Red Sox outside of Yankees games, so I cannot accurately compare the two, but Mark Teixeira is probably the best defensive 1B I have ever seen. Granted, Yankees fans previous defensive comparisons over the last 10 years before have been Jason Giambi and Tino, which makes Tex look like a magical defensive warlock in comparison. But is Adrian Gonzalez really a better 1B or is it more of a coin flip?

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:27 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Evan Brunnell,

Try watching some baseball outside of the Northeast US. There are some good players out there. I'll take Alex Gordon over Brett Gardner any day.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:01 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Evan Brunell, you are an idiot.  Please explain to the rest of us how Nick Markakis is not at least worthy of discussion as a gold glove outfielder.  The guy handles 325 chances without making a single error -- not a single error.  Markakis also goes on to notch 14 assists and turns three double-plays from RF.  You can say he wasn't your personal choice to win and give us an idea of who you wanted (which you didn't -- you just gave a pair of links to other blogs that don't come up when you click on them).

If you want to look at who had better range factors in RF, go ahead and throw them out there for discussion.  Jeff Francouer is supposed to have better range in RF but he also racked up 5 errors which should be an issue for somebody trying to earn a gold glove award.  You could have also suggested Jose Bautista, but he posted six errors in 70 less chances.  I'm thinking he's not a gold glover either.  To say Markakis ranks among the worst RF just makes you look pretty foolish when the guy has the numbers to be in the discussion as a gold glover.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:52 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

I guess they decided to give the award to Kemp as compensation for probably not winning the MVP, its really the only explanation I can think of why he won it.

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