Gordon, Hosmer win Gold Glove Awards

Posted November 09, 2017

Alex Gordon, now a left fielder for the Kansas City Royals, has been one heck of a defensive player since arriving in the majors. Gordon's five awards are the second most in franchise history, behind Frank White's eight (1977-82, '86-87).

There were only six first-time award winners-Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman, Angels catcher Martin Maldonado, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart and Marlins left fielder Marcel Ozuna. Since moving to the outfield in 2010, his 82 assists are tied for most in the Majors with Gerardo Parra. He played 140 games in left field, one in right and 15 in center field this season, seeing action in center for the first time in his Major League career.

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Baseball America rated Barnhart the best defensive catcher in the organization for four straight seasons from 2011-2014 and, following the 2011 season, he received Minor League Baseball's prestigious Rawlings Gold Glove Award for catchers. That 52-game errorless streak was the longest of his career, but then after that miscue finished the season with another 57 consecutive scoreless defensive apps to establish another career best. Omar Vizquel and Ivan Rodriguez will also be inducted into the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Hall of Fame. His SABR Defensive Index of 14.1 was far superior to Gomes (3.5).

Major League Baseball announced the winners of the award - which recognizes a player at each position's defensive abilities throughout the season - on Tuesday night.

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Kinsler was the only Gold Glove finalist on the Tigers' roster.

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