Orioles Win Three Gold Gloves
The Orioles have won three Gold Gloves Tuesday.
Shortstop J.J. Hardy won his first Gold Glove after having a 99.2 percent fielding percentage.
Hardy's first career Gold Glove comes after a season during which he led American League shortstops in putouts (244), assists (529), range factor per game (4.89), defensive wins above replacement (2.8) and total zone runs (21). He made just six errors in 779 chances at the position, and his fielding percentage was the highest mark by an AL shortstop since Mike Bordick had a 99.8 percent fielding percentage for the Orioles in 2002.
This season marks the second straight year Hardy has led the league in fielding percentage. His 529 assists were the most by an American League shortstop since Cal Ripken Jr. had 531 for the Orioles in 1989, and he is the fourth Oriole shortstop to win the award.
Adam Jones won his second career Gold Glove Award after leading American League center fielders in putouts with 439, ranking second in range factor per game (2.75) and third in assists (seven). His victory was a surprise given his number errors and the fact that Mike Trout was expected to win. It is the second time during the last three seasons he has led the league in putouts at his position. He is one of three Orioles outfielders who have won Gold Glove Awards.
Matt Wieters earned his second consecutive Gold Glove for American League catchers. He led the AL in putouts (994) and caught stealing percentage (38.6 percent), while ranking second in runners caught stealing (32) and range factor per game (7.92). His 994 putouts were the third-most in AL history for a catcher. Wieters is the only Orioles catcher to receive a Gold Glove Award.
Sixteen different Orioles players have earned 64 total Gold Gloves since the award was created in 1957, second-most in the American League.
Posted Oct. 30, 2012