Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Updated: October 31, 10:27 AM ET
O's, Yanks lead Gold Glove winners
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The Baltimore Orioles this year turned back the clock to the golden age of the team's success and on Tuesday night they got the gloves to go with it.
The Orioles lead all major league teams with three players winning a Gold Glove, as catcher Matt Wieters, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones were each awarded the honor by baseball's managers and coaches.
"We're so proud of these guys," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "When you look at the consistency of these three guys -- the number of games they played and the level that they held themselves to every night out there -- not only did they make us better, but they made their teammates better."
Jones' victory, his second, may be the most controversial as he got the nod over rookie phenom Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, who finished second.
The AL East champion New York Yankees were the only other team with multiple Gold Glove winners as second baseman Robinson Cano and first baseman Mark Teixeira each took home hardware for the right side of the infield. Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre rounded out the AL infield, along with Hardy, who won his first Gold Glove.
"It is nice to be recognized for what you've done defensively for your team," said Beltre, who has won four of the past six gold gloves, on a media conference call Tuesday night. "This one was more tough because I went through more of a physical challenge. It is special and I'm happy to be recognized for this."
Joining Jones in the outfield is two-time winner Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals for his work in left field and Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick, who played for the surprising A's in his first year since being traded by the Boston Red Sox.
Chicago White Sox ace Jake Peavy and Tampa Bay Rays righty Jeremy Hellickson share the honor among AL pitchers. Tuesday turned out to be a pretty good day for Peavy who, in addition to winning a Gold Glove, was given a new two-year, $29 million extension by the White Sox.
This was only the third time since the Gold Gloves were first presented in 1957 that there was a tie -- there were four NL outfielders in 2007 and four AL outfielders in 1985.
Reddick and Hardy were the only first-time winners on the AL team while the National League sported seven players picking up their first Gold Glove.
Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen took home his first Gold Glove and was joined in the outfield by Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies (left field) and Atlanta Braves cornerstone Jason Heyward (right field).
It was a 100-loss season for the Chicago Cubs but the faithful at the friendly confines can enjoy second baseman Darwin Barney's first Gold Glove. The other NL infield winners were first baseman Adam LaRoche (Washington Nationals), third baseman Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) and shortstop Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies). Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals took home the honor at catcher while right-hander Mark Buehrle, a perennial Gold Glove winner while in the AL, won it in his first year with the Miami Marlins.
The big discussion of this year's awards could be the snub of Trout.
The Rookie of the Year favorite became a sensation for the underachieving Angels with numerous highlight reel catches in center field. While Trout is also squarely in the MVP discussion, he failed to take home the highest honor for a defensive player.
Several players were rewarded for their wins.
Beltre received a $100,000 bonus and Hardy got $75,000; Gordon, LaRoche, Molina, Peavy and Rollins each added $50,000; Gonzalez, Jones and McCutchen each $25,000 apiece.
In addition, Gordon's salaries for 2014 and 2015 increase by $250,000 a year to $10.25 million and $12.75 million. His 2016 player option also rises by $250,000 to $12.75 million.
Neither World Series participant had a Gold Glove player on its roster as both the world champion San Francisco Giants and AL pennant winning Detroit Tigers were frozen out.
Information from The Associated Press and ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett contributed to this report.