Monday, October 29, 2012
Two Dodgers have Gold Glove chances
By Mark Saxon
Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier have a chance to defend their Gold Glove awards.
Both players were announced as finalists at their respective positions Monday. The Dodgers -- Ethier, Kershaw and Matt Kemp -- set a franchise record by winning three last season. Winners will be announced Tuesday.
Kershaw might have the better case, though he's got competition from Miami's Mark Buehrle and Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo. From the Rawlings press release:
Kershaw completed his second consecutive errorless season and has not committed an error since Aug. 1, 2010, a span of 76 games. The Texas native led the Majors with 11 pickoffs and has either led or tied for the National League lead in pickoffs in each of the last three seasons since 2010.
Ethier's case is less solid. Jay Bruce and Jason Heyward are the other candidates in right field. From the release:
Ethier, 30, ranked second among National League right fielders with a .988 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 146 games (142 starts) in right field this season. Ethier’s streak of 282 games (276 starts) from July 10, 2010-July 25, 2012 without an error was the second-longest active run among non-pitchers in baseball behind only Franklin Gutierrez and the second-longest errorless run by a Dodger outfielder behind only Brett Butler’s 306-game run from 1992-94.
The Angels also have two finalists, pitcher C.J. Wilson and center fielder Mike Trout. Torii Hunter once again was snubbed.