2009 AL Gold Glove Award winners

The 2009 AL Gold Glove Award winners are:

C – Joe Mauer, Twins
1B – Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B – Placido Polanco, Tigers
3B – Evan Longoria, Rays
SS – Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF – Torii Hunter, Angels
OF – Adam Jones, Orioles
OF – Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
P – Mark Buehrle, White Sox

Congratulations to all of the winners…especially Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira!

goldglove.jpgThe NL winners will be announced tomorrow later today. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

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Photo by me

He certainly had a Gold Glove-worthy season season, leading all NL third basemen in assists, total chances, total outs recorded and games started. He won the 2009 Fielding Bible Award for third baseman:

Ryan Zimmerman has broken out of the pack in my estimation, however, by becoming the Defensive Runs Saved leader at third base over the last three years. His first Fielding Bible Award is well deserved.

Zimm was also named the first ever ESPN Web Gem Champion, after collecting the most web gems (19) and web gem points (61) from ESPN this season.

Ryan’s biggest competition for the Gold Glove seems to be Kevin Kouzmanoff of the Padres, who set a single-season record for NL third basemen with a .990 fielding percentage and made only three errors. The Padres apparently have campaigned pretty hard for him to win; I’m not sure if the Nationals have done the same for Zimm. Overall stats seem to favor Zimm, though, so I’m hopeful that the NL managers and coaches have gotten it right and have voted for Ryan Zimmerman for NL 3B Gold Glove Award!

Good luck, SuperZimm!

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2 Comments

I could see either Zim or Kouz winning this. Kouz was outstanding. (I see a lot of Padres games.) But you could make a case for either.

Shout out to my homeboy Adam Jones winning his first GG. It’s nice to see Jeter return to the pack too. I saw the Yankees are the only team with more than one.

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Zimmerman had more errors than Kouzmanoff, but he also had more total chances and a greater range. Zimm was able to make plays that other third baseman could not. I think the right choice was made…but then, perhaps I’m a tad bit biased. ;) I was actually a bit surprised to see Jeter win, since he isn’t exactly known for his great range at SS. But I’m quite pleased that he won.

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