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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 7, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:15 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

I won't give you Gardner... Gordon had more chances, fewer errors, fewer games and 3 times as many assists. While I don't get to see Gardner every day, you cannot contend Gordon isn't worthy. Being a Yankee doesn't automatically make him better, If nothing else, consider four or five of Jeter's GG's come at the expense of a yankee who maybe did deserve one...Next you'll claim Posada got screwed.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:05 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

This award is SO ridiculous. I welcome the day when they really honor the best defensicve players and do not take into consideration their offensive statistics.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:03 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Gardner I will give you but no way does Cano get the award over Pedroia.  That one is not close regarding fielding



 I guess you have not watched many Yankee games if you think that it is not close. Pedroia was the better defensive 2nd basemen a couple years ago but Cano has improved a lot. Not saying Pedroia should not have won but I don't think you could go wrong with either one. The only thing not close is how much better Cano is as a hitter than Dustball.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:56 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

How does David Ortiz have ANYTHING to do with Gold Glove awards?
He barely plays first base and is primarily a DH
Oh and if you ever see David Ortiz in person and not in his uniform he is the LAST guy you would think did 'roids.
He's not hugely bulky, he's not super cut either.
You were just looking for an Ax to grind about the Red Sox and yet you chose a story about defensive awards to do it, nice going genuis!

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:40 am

Aaahhh baseball, tell me something...

why is David Ortiz still in the league? Or for that matter, still alive? He's taken enough roids to kill an entire roster

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:38 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Beltre definitely deserves this award.  IF anybody has even watched him play during the regular season they will no its a no-brainer.  Longoria was good, but he's no adrian beltre.  He has a stronger arm than longoria and he has made some of THE best plays that i have ever seen a 3rd baseman make.  It's so rewarding for him to get it because he earned it!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:17 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Gardner I will give you but no way does Cano get the award over Pedroia.  That one is not close regarding fielding.

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:06 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Kemp is an above average fielder, incredible wheels and most importantly a freekin cannon of an arm. I'm far more surprised that Eithier won one

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:00 am

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

While the name indicates defense.....typically offensive numbers are heavily weighted in the selecting of Gold Glove recipients.  You take a player who may have made some nice plays during the seaosn (even if the plays were necessitated by bad reaction times or bad routes to the ball) and see who had the best offensive numbers and BAM there you go Gold Glove winner!  Some positions are too obvious they can't rely so much on offense (NL Catcher, for example....even though Molina had by far his best offensive year) but, Kemp's award is more because he had a couple highlight reel catches (especially late in the season) and he had arguably the best offensive season among any player in the majors.

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 11:54 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

no Cano?????  no Gardner?....this is BS!!

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