Three members of the Baltimore Orioles -- shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado -- have been named to this year's American League Gold Glove Team for defensive excellence.
The Orioles and Kansas City Royals led the AL with three award winners each in 2013. This marks the second straight year the Orioles have had three players receive Gold Gloves. It is the first career Gold Glove for Machado, the second for Hardy (also 2012) and third for Jones (also 2009 and 2012). Jones and Hardy are the first set of AL teammates to win in back-to-back years since Adrian Beltre and Ichiro Suzuki for Seattle in 2007-08.
Machado won his first career Gold Glove after leading all AL third basemen in fielding percentage (.973), assists (355, most among AL third baseman since Brandon Inge's 398 in 2006), double plays turned (42) and range factor per game (3.02). He also finished second in putouts (116). He is the first O's third baseman to win the award since Brooks Robinson in 1975.
Hardy's second career Gold Glove makes him the third shortstop in O's history to win the award in consecutive years, joining Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991-92) and Mark Belanger (six straight, 1973-78). In 2013, Hardy led all AL shortstops in games (159) and double plays turned (108) and also ranked in the top four in assists (second, 403), putouts (third, 230) and fielding percentage (fourth, .981).
Jones led AL center fielders in games (156), assists (11) and putouts (352) and ranked third in fielding percentage (.995). It is the third time in the last four seasons he has led AL center fielders in putouts. He joins Paul Blair (seven straight, 1969-75) as the only O's outfielder to receive a Gold Glove in consecutive seasons.
In total, six Orioles were finalists for the award at their respective positions (catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and right fielder Nick Markakis). The awards come on the heels of a season in which the Orioles set major league team defensive records with 54 errors, a .991 fielding percentage and 119 errorless games.
The other AL Gold Glove winners were: pitcher R.A. Dickey, Toronto, first Gold Glove; catcher Salvador Perez, Kansas City, first Gold Glove; first baseman Eric Hosmer, Kansas City, first Gold Glove; second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Boston, third Gold Glove; left fielder Alex Gordon, Kansas City, third Gold Glove; and right fielder Shane Victorino, Boston, fourth Gold Glove.
The NL Gold Glove winners were: pitcher Adam Wainwright, St. Louis, second Gold Glove; catcher Yadier Molina, St. Louis, sixth Gold Glove; first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona, first Gold Glove; second baseman Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati, fourth Gold Glove; shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, first Gold Glove; third baseman Nolan Arenado, Colorado, first Gold Glove; left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado, third Gold Glove; center fielder Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee, first Gold Glove; right fielder Gerardo Parra, Arizona, second Gold Glove.