- David Schoenfield, SweetSpot blogger
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The Gold Glove Awards will be announced Tuesday night on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m. ET and Mark Simon previews the awards here. You can see the list of finalists here. Managers and coaches vote for the awards.
It will be interesting to see if Mike Trout wins the AL center field award -- he's one of the finalists at that position, along with Austin Jackson and Adam Jones. I'll also be curious to see if Seattle's Brendan Ryan wins his first Gold Glove Award, despite hitting .194. As we all know, sometimes it seems as if a player's hitting ability affects the voting.
The Cubs' Darwin Barney and Ryan ranked 1-2 in the majors in Baseball Info Solutions' Defensive Runs Saved, which we regularly cite here. Last week, BIS announced its 2012 Fielding Bible Awards. A panel of 10 experts -- including Mark, ESPN analyst Doug Glanville, Peter Gammons and Bill James -- voted on the awards. The winners:
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B: Darwin Barney, Cubs
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS: Brendan Ryan, Mariners
LF: Alex Gordon, Royals
CF: Mike Trout, Angels
RF: Jason Heyward, Braves
P: Mark Buehrle, Marlins
I'll predict Brandon Phillips wins the Gold Glove at second base in the NL over Barney; Phillips has won three out of the past four at the position and carries a sterling defensive reputation. His numbers are very good (plus-11 DRS), but Barney was plus-28. I'll also predict the higher-profile Elvis Andrus (plus-7 DRS) beats out Ryan (plus-27) at AL shortstop to win his first Gold Glove. J.J. Hardy (plus-15) is the other AL finalist at shortstop, and he could win his first as well.