MLB Gold Gloves 2012: Complete AL and NL Winners Announced
The 2012 Gold Glove winners from the National League and the American League were announced on ESPN2 Tuesday night, complete with some no-brainers and some surprises.
While some veterans tacked on yet another Gold Glove, there were a few youngsters who won their first fielding award.
Here's a look at the 2012 winners, along with a breakdown of each player.
|Position||National League||American League|
|C||Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals||Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles|
|1B||Adam Laroche, Washington Nationals||Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees|
|2B||Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs||Robinson Cano, New York Yankees|
|SS||Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies||J.J. Hardy, Baltimore Orioles|
|3B||Chase Headley, San Diego Padres||Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers|
|LF||Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies ||Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals|
|CF||Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates||Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles|
|RF||Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves||Josh Reddick, Oakland Athletics|
|P||Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins||Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox; Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay Rays|
St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina won his fifth consecutive Gold Glove Award, posting the second-best fielding percentage in the NL (.997), per ESPN. He caught the second-most innings among all qualifying catchers (1,161).
In the AL, Matt Wieters won his second straight Gold Glove Award. He posted a .991 fielding percentage this season, fourth among qualifying catchers, but he caught the most innings (1,189).
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun tweeted:
Wieters wins it -- first Orioles position player to win consecutive Gold Gloves since Palmeiro in 1997-98— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) October 31, 2012
Adam Laroche of the Washington Nationals collected his first Gold Glove Award at first base with a .995 fielding percentage (tied for first among qualifying first basemen).
At second base, Chicago Cubs youngster Darwin Barney won the award after just two errors in 1,270 innings this season.
At shortstop, Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies won his fourth Gold Glove Award and his first since 2009. He had a .978 fielding percentage, tops among qualifying shortstops.
And at the hot corner, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres notched his first career Gold Glove Award. He had a .976 fielding percentage this season, second among qualifying third basemen.
In the AL, Mark Teixeira of the New York Yankees won his fifth Gold Glove Award at first base. He committed just one error in 1,032 innings.
At second base, teammate Robinson Cano won his second Gold Glove Award in three years. He posted a .993 fielding percentage (tied for first in the league among qualifying second basemen) while being on the field for 1,343 innings (most).
At shortstop, J.J. Hardy of the Baltimore Orioles swiped his first Gold Glove Award. He had a .992 fielding percentage this season (first among qualifying shortstops) in 1,439 innings.
And at third base, Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers claimed yet another Gold Glove. He posted a .974 fielding percentage (first among qualifying third basemen in the league).
Colorado Rockies star Carlos Gonzalez was honored with the Gold Glove Award for NL left fielders. He had a .982 fielding percentage this season (sixth among qualifying left fielders) while notching seven assists in the great expanses of Coors Field.
The center-field award went to Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had just one error in 1,364 innings of work (.997).
In right field, third-year pro Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves took home the Gold Glove. He posted a .986 fielding percentage (third among qualifying right fielders) while notching 11 assists (tied for first).
In left field for the AL, Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals won his second consecutive Gold Glove Award. He had a .994 fielding percentage this season (third among qualifying left fielders) while being out on the field for the most innings (1,424). He also had the most assists among left fielders (17).
In center, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles took home the honor, his second since 2009. He had a .982 fielding percentage this season (10th among qualifying center fielders) with seven assists and posted the most innings in the field in the league (1,458).
In right, Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics took home his first Gold Glove Award. He posted a .983 fielding percentage this season (eighth among qualifying right fielders) while totaling 14 assists (tied for second).
NL pitcher Mark Buehrle of the Miami Marlins took home the honor, committing no errors in 202 innings this season.
Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox and Jeremy Hellickson tied for the award in the AL.
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