Dustin Pedroia, Shane Victorino win Gold Gloves
|10.29.13 at 9:59 pm ET|
For the second time in the last 23 years, the Red Sox received recognition for defensive excellence in the form of multiple Gold Gloves. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right fielder Shane Victorino were recognized as 2013 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Awards at their respective positions.
From the press release announcing the awards for Pedroia and Victorino:
This marks Pedroia’s third Rawlings Gold Glove Award, as he also received the honor in 2008 and 2011. Since the award’s inception in 1957, he is the sixth player to win at least three with Boston, along with Frank Malzone (3 at third base), Carl Yastrzemski (7 in the outfield), George Scott (3 at first base), Fred Lynn (4 in the outfield) and Dwight Evans (8 in the outfield).
Pedroia led the majors while establishing club records with both a career-high 160 games and 159 starts at second base in 2013. According to Fangraphs, he topped all major league second baseman with 15 defensive runs saved and also led the American League with an .836 zone rating at the position. His .993 fielding percentage (5 errors/688 total chances) ranked second among AL qualifiers at second base, percentage points behind Tampa Bay’s Ben Zobrist (.9927 to .9928). Pedroia did not make his first error of the season until his 70th game on June 15, ending a club-record 69 errorless games at second base to begin the year.
For Victorino, it is his fourth Rawlings Gold Glove Award, tied with Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips for the second-most among 2013 winners behind the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, who earned his sixth at catcher. He previously won Gold Gloves in three consecutive seasons from 2008-10 while with the Phillies.
In his first season with the Red Sox in 2013, Victorino made a career-high 106 starts in right field and appeared in 110 games overall at the position. He also made 11 starts and played in 15 games in center field. The Hawaii native tied for sixth in the American League with a team-leading 10 outfield assists, and his nine assists from right field tied for the AL lead and marked the most by a Red Sox right fielder since Trot Nixon recorded nine in 2005. He tallied the third-most putouts among AL right fielders (264) and his three double plays tied for second-most in the circuit at the position. According to Fangraphs, Victorino led the AL with 24 defensive runs saved in right field.
The Red Sox have multiple Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners for just the second time in the last 23 years (also three in 2011: Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez at first base and Jacoby Ellsbury in center field) and 11th time overall since the award began in 1957.
In addition to Boston’s 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners, Jacoby Ellsbury was a finalist in center field but the award went to Baltimore’s Adam Jones.
The complete list of winners:
C – Salvador Perez, KC (AL), Yadier Molina, STL (NL)
1B – Eric Hosmer, KC (AL), Paul Goldschmidt, ARI (NL)
2B – Pedroia, BOS (AL), Brandon Phillips, CIN (NL)
SS – J.J. Hardy, BAL (AL), Andrelton Simmons, ATL (NL)
3B – Manny Machado, BAL (AL), Nolan Arenado, COL (NL)
LF – Alex Gordon, KC (AL), Carlos Gonzalez, COL (NL)
CF – Adam Jones, BAL (AL), Carlos Gomez, MIL (NL)
RF – Victorino, BOS (AL), Gerardo Parra, ARI (NL)
P – R.A. Dickey, TOR (AL), Adam Wainwright, STL (NL)
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