Cano, Tex, Jeter take home Gold Gloves
Via MLB.com‘s Bryan Hoch:
Three members of the Yankees’ infield were honored on Tuesday with Rawlings American League Gold Glove Awards, as first-time winner Robinson Cano joined Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira in adding to their trophy cases.
The Yankees led the Major Leagues with a .988 fielding percentage, becoming the first AL team to boast three Gold Glove Award-winning infielders since the 2000 Cleveland Indians, while posting the highest fielding percentage (.988) and fewest errors of any season in franchise history.
“Winning the Gold Glove Award along with my teammates Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter is an honor,” Cano said. “It’s a great feeling to be recognized by managers and coaches for my defensive skills. This is an award I’ve worked for since becoming a Major Leaguer and will continue to do so each season.”
Cano’s UZR/150 this season was -0.9, Teixeira’s was -2.4 – remember, like many other stats, UZR isn’t perfect and can misread some players (first basemen, in particular) – and Jeter’s was -5.4. Gold Gloves were also awarded to Joe Mauer (C), Evan Longoria (3B), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), Carl Crawford (OF), Franklin Gutierrez (OF) and Mark Buehrle (P).
No surprises, really, but does anyone else think that Brett Gardner should have won the gold here? After all, the Yankees’ gritty left fielder posted an UZR/150 of 27.9–the highest in all of baseball. Then agan, Gold Glove voting isn’t exactly the most scientific process.
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