Today kicked off the beginning of the awards season with the AL Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. In true baseball fan fashion, I broke down the winners, their respective positions, and number of Gold Gloves into tidy statistics for you.
By team: White Sox – 1 player (Mark Buehrie), Twins – 1 player (Joe Mauer), Rays – 2 players (Carl Crawford, Evan Longoria), Mariners – 2 players (Ichiro Suzuki, Franklin Gutierrez), Yankees – 3 players (Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira).
By Gold Glove #: 1st – 3 players, 2nd, 2 players, 3rd – 1 player, 4th – 1 player, 5th – 1 player, 10th – 1 player.
By position: Catcher – 1 player, 1st baseman – 1 player, 2nd baseman – 1 player, 3rd baseman – 1 player, pitcher – 1 player, shortstop – 1 player, outfielder – 3 players.
All stats aside, congratulations to the 9 winners! It’s a pretty incredible feat to be named one of the most skilled fielders in the American League, especially when coming off a rough season (go Mariners!). This is Ichiro’s 10th consecutive Gold Glove–he’s won one for each year he’s been in MLB. Considering Seattle’s lack of success on the road to the playoffs, that’s quite an accomplishment. I’m also proud of Franklin Gutierrez, our star outfielder and a newbie to the Gold Glove Awards.
Congrats guys!! Stay tuned for the NL awards tomorrow!