On Tuesday night, the annual winners of MLB's Gold Glove Award were announced. The award, sponsored by Rawlings, is given every year to the players judged to have displayed the best fielding performance at each position. The Baltimore Orioles had three players win the coveted award, making them the first team since the 2003-04 St. Louis Cardinals to have at last three winners in consecutive years. Here's the list of American League winners.
- C - Salvador Perez (KC)
- 1B - Eric Hosmer (KC)
- 2B - Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
- SS - JJ Hardy (BAL)
- 3B - Manny Machado (BAL)
- LF - Alex Gordon (KC)
- CF - Adam Jones (BAL)
- RF - Shane Victorino (BOS)
- P - RA Dickey (TOR)
The Kansas City Royals were the only other club with three winners this year. Hosmer and Perez were first-time winners, while Gordon picked up his third straight award. After the announcement, Hosmer spoke about the award and was elated to have picked up his first award.
It's a tremendous honor to be in such an elite league with the best competitors all over the planet. Really, to win any type of award, especially the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, is a tremendous honor. I'm very excited about the award, and I couldn't thank all my teammates enough and the infield around me for --everyone -- doing their part and me being able to get this award.
Until the 2013 season, the Gold Glove Awards had been decided by voting among Major League managers and coaches. This year, however, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) collaborated with Rawlings to formally incorporate sabermetrics as a component.
Surprisingly, the Tampa Bay Rays were shut out this year. They boasted MLB-best numbers in fielding percentage (.990) and fewest errors (59), but could not reel in a Gold Glove Award.