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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: Apr 5, 2011
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 3, 2011 3:23 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

the real "Crime"......"How did they not give it to Jeff Francour?"  with 17 assists, defensive highlight reels all season including one for play of the year and even a former Gold Glove winner.........
I don't know that I would call Francoeur not winning the Gold Glove in 2011 a "crime."  Francoeur is an excellent outfielder and one of the best RF in the game today -- regardless of league.  He did gun down 17 from the corner but he also made 5 errors.  I can understand how his extended range allowed him to get to more balls than others, but it is still 5 errors.  Nick Markakis made none.  This is one of the times where I think the 5-error difference is the reason Markakis is collecting the hardware and Francoeur isn't.

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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:56 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

What does any of what you say have to do with winning the Gold Glove award, jackass?  You understand the award is for defense?  Granderson, Cano and Tex were the best defensively at their positions in the AL if not basebball.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:50 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

at least the most overrated player in the game didnt win, Texeira, yep, all those home runs, couldnt even hit .250, if it wasnt for pop fly yankee stadium, he's of been a joke bigger than he already is. Granderson with pop fly homers as well, thats why its hard to judge players these days, the growth hormones and the few ballparks that pad stats. That goes to show you had great Mariano Rivera is, the best pitcher I ever watched. Even if just a closer, that is truly amazing what he does.

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:21 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Kemp a terrible outfielder...what a dipshit!

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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:02 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

This list is possibly the worst since the Gold Glove was created.  

Since: Jan 17, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:25 pm

Baseball reveals Gold Glove winners

Call a cop....Brett Gardner was robbed!!

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