Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones won Gold Glove Awards for the Baltimore Orioles, who committed a Major League Baseball record-low 54 errors in the regular season.
Each of the teams playing in the World Series had two Gold Glove winners -- catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright for the St. Louis Cardinals, and outfielder Shane Victorino and second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the Boston Red Sox.
The Orioles became the first club since the 2003-04 Cardinals with at least three Gold Glove winners in consecutive seasons. The Kansas City Royals also had three winners announced last night with catcher Salvador Perez, first baseman Eric Hosmer and left fielder Alex Gordon.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be in such an elite league with the best competitors all over the planet,” Hosmer said in a statement. “Really, to win any type of award, especially the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, is a tremendous honor.”
Machado, Hosmer, Perez and Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons were among the eight first-time winners. Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was the 10th rookie to win the award and the first since outfielder Ichiro Suzuki in 2001 for the Seattle Mariners.
Molina received his sixth straight Gold Glove. Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips and Victorino got their fourth.
The Gold Glove Awards had been decided by voting among major league managers and coaches until this year, when the Society for American Baseball Research incorporated sabermetrics as a component that represented about 25 percent of the votes.
2013 Gold Glove Award WinnersPosition American League National League Catcher Salvador Perez, KC Yadier Molina, STL First baseman Eric Hosmer, KC Paul Goldschmidt, ARI Second baseman Dustin Pedroia, BOS Brandon Phillips, CIN Shortstop J.J. Hardy, BAL Andrelton Simmons, ATL Third baseman Manny Machado, BAL Nolan Arenado, COL Left fielder Alex Gordon, KC Carlos Gonzalez, COL Center fielder Adam Jones, BAL Carlos Gomez, MIL Right fielder Shane Victorino, BOS Gerardo Parra, ARI Pitcher R.A. Dickey, TOR Adam Wainwright, STL