Orioles Jones, Wieters and Hardy get Gold Gloves
Three members of the Baltimore Orioles have won American League
Gold Glove Awards for their defensive prowess this season: center
fielder Adam Jones, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J.
The trio helped the Orioles reached the playoffs for the first
time in 15 years. It’s the first Gold Glove for Hardy and the
second for Jones and Wieters.
”We’re so proud of these guys,” manager Buck Showalter said.
”When you look at the consistency of these three guys – the number
of games they played and the level that they held themselves to
every night out there – not only did they make us better, but they
made their teammates better.”
The awards were announced Tuesday night. Baltimore was the only
team to earn as many as three Gold Gloves and was one of only two
clubs, along with the New York Yankees, to have more than one
Hardy led AL shortstops in games (158), fielding percentage
(.992), putouts (244) and assists (529). He made only six errors in
779 chances, and his fielding percentage was the highest by an AL
shortstop since Mike Bordick in 2002.
”It means a lot to me. It’s definitely an award I always hoped
to get and never really expected to get. I’m surprised and honored
at the same time,” Hardy said. ”It’s definitely an award I’ve
seen a lot of shortstops get that are really flashy and kind of
catch the eye of a lot of people. I don’t look at myself that way.
I kind of look at myself as just trying to be consistent and
steady. I never felt like people noticed.”
Showalter noticed, and mentioned it after almost every game.
”I happen to think J.J.’s substance is his style,” the manager
said. ”I consider him to be very stylish. Maybe flashy isn’t the
word, but he can do things that other people can’t do.”
Wieters also received a Gold Glove last season. This year, he
led AL catchers in defensive games (134) and putouts (994). He
ranked second in runners caught stealing (32) and was third in
caught stealing percentage (38.6 percent).
Jones, who won the award in 2009, led AL center fielders in
games (162) and putouts (439) and was third in assists (7).
”To play the number of games that these three guys played, and
to maintain that level of defensive skill and contributing every
night regardless of what they do with the bat, it’s something I
made a lot of notes on mentally and physically,” Showalter said.
”To me it’s glaring how good they are at what they do, and how
hard it is to do what they do every night.”