Brendan Ryan and Dustin Ackley of the Mariners are Gold Glove finalists at their position, with the winners announced tomorrow during the Gold Glove Awards Show, televised on ESPN2 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time.
Fresh off winning a Fielding Bible award last week, Ryan is one of three finalists at shortstop, along with Elvis Andrus of Texas and J.J. Hardy of Baltimore. Ackley joins Dustin Pedroia of Boston and Robinson Cano of the Yankees as a finalist at second base. Neither player has ever won a Gold Glove.
Erick Aybar of the Angels, last year’s Gold Glove winner at shortstop, is not a finalist, nor is Derek Jeter, who won the two years before that. Pedroia was the Gold Glove winner at second base in 2011, Cano in 2010. Pedroia also won in 2008, while none of the shortstop finalists has ever won a Gold Glove.
Last year’s finalists at shorstop were Aybar, Hardy and Asdrubal Cabrera. The finalists at second base were Pedroia, Cano and Ian Kinsler. That was the first time that finalists were named and the awards given out in a televised show.
Last year, the Mariners had their 24-year streak of Gold Glove winners (dating back to 1987) snapped, but I think there’s a very strong chance that Ryan will win this year. Ackley would be a longer shot, but you never know.
Gold Gloves are selected by a vote of managers and coaches, who can’t vote for players from their own team. After the show, fans can vote on Rawlings.com for the Platinum Glove Award, given to the best defensive player in each league. The winners will be announced at the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Dinner on Nov. 9, in New York City.
The Mariners tied for the American League lead with a .988 fielding percentage, second-best in club history. The middle-infield combo of Ryan and Ackley saved 38 runs, according to Baseball Info Services, most by any middle-infield combo in the major leagues.
Ryan, distinguished by the Fielding Bible Awards as the single best defender in baseball, led all major league shortstops with 27 defensive runs saved the second most among any position players.
Ackley, in his first full major-league season at second base after converting from outfield and first base in college, tied for third among AL second basemen with 11 runs saved. He made just seven errors in 142 starts at second base for a .989 fielding percentage.
Here are the finalists:
P Jeremy Hellickson Tampa Bay Rays
Jake Peavy Chicago White Sox
C.J. Wilson Los Angeles Angels
C Alex Avila Detroit Tigers
Russell Martin New York Yankees
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago White Sox
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles
1B Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox
Eric Hosmer Kansas City Royals
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees
2B Dustin Ackley Seattle Mariners
Robinson Cano New York Yankees
Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox
3B Adrian Beltre Texas Rangers
Brandon Inge Oakland Athletics
Mike Moustakas Kansas City Royals
SS Elvis Andrus Texas Rangers
J.J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles
Brendan Ryan Seattle Mariners
LF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
Desmond Jennings Tampa Bay Rays
David Murphy Texas Rangers
CF Austin Jackson Detroit Tigers
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
RF Shin-Soo Choo Cleveland Indians
Jeff Francoeur Kansas City Royals
Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics
P Bronson Arroyo Cincinnati Reds
Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers
C Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Miguel Montero Arizona Diamondbacks
Carlos Ruiz Philadelphia Phillies
1B Freddie Freeman Atlanta Braves
Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Joey Votto Cincinnati Reds
2B Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds
3B Chase Headley San Diego Padres
Aramis Ramirez Milwaukee Brewers
David Wright New York Mets
SS Zack Cozart Cincinnati Reds
Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Jose Reyes Miami Marlins
Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
LF Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Carlos Gonzalez Colorado Rockies
Martin Prado Atlanta Braves
CF Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves
Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Drew Stubbs Cincinnati Reds
RF Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
Andre Ethier Los Angeles Dodgers
Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves