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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: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:18 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

why should gardner get it. he is just a role play on the yankees. put him on another team and he sucks, like cabrera before him. he gets traded and he sucks on his new team.



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:09 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

The Gold Glove has become a joke. This has become a popularity contest of sorts, from with-in MLB no less. So what do offensive statsitics have to do with defense, hence a Gold Glove? Absolutely nothing, hence this is a joke. Ellsbury? Really, there are better Center Fielders defensively, althugh his speed helps a lot, but he also is not the fastest. Kemp? No way, he hits and that's about it. Gordon? Absolutley, the right choice. I could go on, but it would only prove how much of a joke this really and truly is.



Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:08 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Evan Brunell do you even know what you are talking about? Nick Markakis is not a good defender WHAAAAAT?!  "Owner of a career .992 fielding percentage -- which ranks him first among active AL right fielders -- Markakis finished the 2011 season with a perfect fielding percentage in 325 chances. The 27-year-old Markakis had 14 assists, including three double plays, in 157 games in right field." what do you consider a good defender. You're an idiot.



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:50 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

AL: , 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.

A stretch?  He committed no errors all year and saved quite a few runs with tracking down balls that would have gone by most center fielders.  What a stupid remark.




Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:49 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Wow... Matt Kemp over Chris Young... really? Why does anybody take this reward seriously?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:20 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Evan,

What, no bashing of Kershaw too?  For some reason you seem to remember the Kemp of 2010 who was pretty bad in CF. However this award was based on 2011 and Kemp was outstanding. Do you receive compensation for your ridiculous opinions?  Sign me up too!


Tx



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:30 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

How does Bourjos not win it in center? 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:50 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

AL: , Orioles -- Markakis is not a very good defender. In fact, he made my list as the . 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 .

You do realize that Markakis finished 2nd among AL right fielders in the Fielding Bible awards, right? So yes...he is a very good defender. 



Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:18 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Yes Gardner is fast and can cover ground, but Gordon threw everybody out that ran on him.  Everyone.  It is not much of a strech to say Royals had the best Defense OF in all of Baseball by stats.  So one of them deserved to win the award.



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:16 am
 

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

that's all you have to say about Buehrle? where's the love?

this guy's been a crafty lefty for 11 years now...perfect game, no-hitter, 150+ wins...hope he stays with the chisox


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