CHICAGO – The faces might have changed, but an April Gold Glove Award presentation at U.S. Cellular Field remained the same.
Jake Peavy was given his hardware before Sunday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, the first time somebody other than Mark Buehrle won the American League award for pitchers since 2008. Peavy actually will share the 2012 award with the Tampa Bay Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson.
“It's something I feel very blessed to have won,” Peavy said. “When you get to the age I've gotten to, you try to be as well-rounded of a player as you can possibly be. Fielding your position, getting off the mound and holding baserunners is something I take a lot of pride in. To be recognized for that is an honor.”
After winning the fielding award for four consecutive seasons, Buehrle moved to the National League with the Miami Marlins last season and did not win the award. He’s back in the AL now, though, with the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Greg Maddux was in the National League and now we've got Buehrle back, so I'm sure it's going to be even harder to win once again,” Peavy said about his first Gold Glove. “But it's something we all take pride in. To be recognized by opposing managers for holding baserunners and fielding your position, it means so much.”