Orioles' Manny Machado Wins Platinum Glove

Posted on November 09, 2013 by Paul Folkemer

Another day, another defensive honor for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

Machado received the American League Platinum Glove, a Rawlings award given to the best overall fielder in each league, Nov. 8.

The Platinum Glove is chosen among the nine Gold Glove winners in each league, meaning that Machado beat out two of his teammates -- center fielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy -- for the honor. Machado received 24.9 percent of the vote, which includes a combination of online fan balloting and advanced defensive metrics.

Machado ranked best in MLB in three important defensive metrics: Defensive Runs Saved (35), Total Zone Rating (32) and Ultimate Zone Rating (31.2). He also led all major leaguers in Defensive Wins Above Replacement (4.4).

By more traditional defensive stats, Machado excelled as well. He committed 13 errors during 156 games and had a fielding percentage of .973, leading AL third basemen.

It's safe to say Machado's defensive wizardry in 2013 has earned him plenty of national notice. In addition to his Gold Glove and Platinum Glove, Machado has also won a Fielding Bible Award and was named the Orioles' 2013 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year.

With Machado already emerging as one of the league's elite third basemen, it's easy to forget that he had played only two games at third base during his entire minor league career before the O's called him to the majors in 2012. Talk about making a quick adjustment.

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons won the NL Platinum Glove.

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