The American League recipients for the outfielder versions of the Golden Glove all come from different teams, and all had different reasons as to why they were deserving of winning the award. For those that don’t know, the Golden Glove is given to a player of each position, for each conference, and is based on their defensive performances. Here are your three recipients of the American League Gold Gloves, from the outfield.
Left Field – Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (16 defensive runs saved)
Center Field – Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles (-2 defensive runs saved)
Right Field – Shane Victorino, Boston Red Sox (24 defensive runs saved)
Take a look at some little tidbits of Golden Glove stats regarding these players, courtesy of ESPN.
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino won his fourth Gold Glove.
Victorino, who had won three previous times with the Phillies as a centerfielder, joined second baseman Dustin Pedroia as Red Sox winners.
With a statistical component part of this year’s vote, Jones wasn’t necessarily expected to win this year. He was the only Gold Glove winner with a negative Defensive Runs Saved total for the season, but he passed the eye test, garnering enough votes to beat out Lorenzo Cain of the Royals and Jacoby Ellsbury of the Red Sox.
This year marked the first time that Rawlings included SDI, or SABR Defensive Index into the voting process. SDI was developed by the Society for American Baseball Research, and took into account several defensive statistics.