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Gold Glove Award winners, as they’re announced…

Oct 30, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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Major League Baseball is revealing the 2012 Gold Glove Award recipients tonight during an hour-long program on ESPN2. We’ll list this year’s winners below as they are announced. Let the outrage commence!

American League: Matt Wieters
National League: Yadier Molina

American League: Alex Gordon
National League: Carlos Gonzalez

American League: Adam Jones
National League: Andrew McCutchen

American League: Josh Reddick
National League: Jason Heyward

American League: Mark Teixeira
National League: Adam LaRoche

American League: Robinson Cano
National League: Darwin Barney

American League: J.J. Hardy
National League: Jimmy Rollins

American League: Adrian Beltre
National League: Chase Headley

American League: Jake Peavy, Jeremy Hellickson
National League: Mark Buehrle

  1. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    No Jon Jay. I’m already outraged.

    • gigglingtotheship - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      The only reason he couldn’t be included was because of missed time due to injury, otherwise it’s a joke that he wasn’t a finalist

      • thereisaparty - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM

        NL CF with a higher FSR rating than Jon Jay (61): Carlos Gomez (73), Gerardo Parra (70), Shane Victorino (68), Drew Stubbs (66), Michael Bourn (66), Bryce Harper (66), Matt Kemp (64), Chris Young (63), Cameron Maybin (63)

        NL CF with a higher UZR than Jon Jay (4.0): Michael Bourn (22.4), Chris Young (11.3), Justin Maxwell (10.0), Bryce Harper (9.7), Drew Stubbs (6.8), Carlos Gomez (5.5), Cameron Maybin (4.0)

        I just don’t understand all the Jon Jay love. He is a solid defensive CF. And I live in St. Louis, so this isn’t coming from a lack of familiarity.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Should’ve been Bourn, anyway.

      • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM

        I don’t disagree, but he should have been a finalist.

      • alexo0 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM

        Jay and Bourn just didn’t hit well enough.

      • forsch31 - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:31 AM

        Jon Jay is a very good centerfielder, but his defense is vastly overrated by St. Louis fans. St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz pretty much spells it out:

  2. historiophiliac - Oct 30, 2012 at 9:56 PM


  3. Ben - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    OMG my guy didn’t win, wtf, how could that other guy win??

    Also, Jeter.

  4. dwaibel38 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Really shocked Trout didn’t win… Congrats to Adam Jones, though

    • Ben - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

      For all my snark above, that is kinda crazy.

    • drsodrel - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Trout got robbed, I wanna see this break down that explains how Jones is even in the same class as Trout as a CF.

      • bozosforall - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM

        Amazing that Trout could even patrol CF, what with guys like you lip locked to his privates.

      • cur68 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:49 AM

        Shouldn’t you be in bed, son? Its a school night and all. Oh, and stop making homophobic remarks on the internets. This is no place to expressed repressed sexual feelings. Good night, my boy.

      • stex52 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:32 AM

        Good morning, Cur. You beat me to it.

    • lostsok - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      The only logical answer to this is that when Bourjous was brought into the game, Trout was often moved to left. I suspect that (some) voters viewed that was being “he’s not even the best CF on his own team.”

      He was clearly the best starting CF, and it’s just a fluke LA has a backup of that caliber.

      He has a lot of years and awards ahead of him, though. And it’s not like Jones is a bad CF. He’s pretty freakin’ deserving in his own right.

      • ace00187 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:05 PM

        The only reason Bourjos moves to center and Trout is because Bourjos is faster than Torut. Trout is the more natural hitter.

  5. randygnyc - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Naturally- tex!!!!!

  6. raider2124 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I’m an oriole fan and in no way shape or form should Adam jones be a gold glove winner. He misplays to many balls especially the jeter routine flyball in game one loss. For every great catch he makes over the fence he misjudges easy ones that cost games

    • laracco - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:19 PM

      And no way should Hardy have beaten out Ryan.

    • js20011041 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Well, fangraphs agrees with you. They’ve got him at negative 6.7 runs defensively this year. He’s also -20.6 runs for his career and hasn’t been on the positive side of the ledger since 2008.

  7. raider2124 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Hardy deserved it. Highest fielding % for al shortstops.

    • laracco - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Hardy fared well in many of the traditional defensive measurements, like fielding percentage and a lack of errors. But Ryan cleaned up in some of the newer, advanced statistical categories, leading to his winning a Fielding Bible Award last week.

      Ryan hit only .194 this season and his lack of offense was deemed as something to watch once this year’s Gold Glove voting — conducted by managers and coaches — was completed.

      Because when it came to the newer defensive stats, Ryan had no peer.

      In the Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) metric, Ryan posted a 27 compared to18 for Hardy and 8 for Andrus.

      When it came to Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), Ryan scored a 14.7,compared to 11.4 for Hardy and 8.8 for Andrus.

      So, not much of a contest there.

      – Geoff Baker Seattle Times

  8. drsodrel - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Please someone explain how Adam Jones beats Trout in the AL CF race.. Complete East coast Bias BS. WOW… Jones sucks as a CF

    • psuravens19 - Oct 31, 2012 at 10:23 AM

      Jones sucks at CF? I mean thats a little overboard don’t you think? Maybe Trout deserved to win, but to say Jones sucks is just stupid.

  9. randygnyc - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Can’t imagine how good Cano could be if he hustled all the time.

    • jg916 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM

      Amen to that!! I’m really surprised he won. While Robbie certainly makes plays other second basemen do not, he also boots too many routine plays. In my opinion, he won his first GG on merit. This one was on reputation.

  10. icanspeel - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Padres fans haven’t had much to cheer about lately, but congrats Chase Headley. Really was a breakout year for him.

    • ch0psuey - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Icing on the cake on his tremendous season

    • jg916 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Absolutely. Now begin counting the weeks until they trade him.

  11. Aaron Saylor - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Barney over Phillips? No way.

    • realnostalgia - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      Darwin Barney Defensive Win Above Replacement – 3.7 (The HIGHEST in all of baseball regardless of position)
      Philips – 1.6

      Darwin Fielding Percentage – .997
      Phillips – .992

      Darwin Errors – 2
      Phillips – 5

      Darwin Defensive Assits – 418
      Phillips – 391

      Seriously Darwin Beats Phillips in every category.

      • jon623 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:59 PM

        As an Oregonian, it has been fantastic to watch this Oregon State University, National Champion graduate come into his own and make it as a big leaguer. Watching him field back in his college days was truly awesome. I thought then that he had a legitimate chance at making it.

        Congrats Barney, I’ve been rooting for you for years.

      • paperlions - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        Barney’s advanced defensive metrics are skewed because they don’t account for shifts, giving him too much credit for OOZ plays that were just balls hit right at him.

        He is a good 2B, but his dWAR and DRS are not representative of what he did.

      • theallegedone - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

        Darwin beats Phillips in every category? Phillips had 5 errors to Darwins 2. But they even said on baseball tonight that it’s usually not fair when Phillips is charged with an error, because NO OTHER 2ND BASEMAN IN BASEBALL WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE VICINITY OF THE PLAY. He makes hard plays look easy and he gets to balls that others wouldn’t. Don’t play dumb. You know and I know, that Brandon Phillips is THE best defensive 2nd baseman in baseball. This was a robbery more than Trout.

      • derklempner - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:46 PM



        You might want to do some more research on actual defensive metrics instead of taking the word of some overhyped ESPN reporter. The league average of range factor (per 9 innings) in the NL was 4.77 for 2B. Phillips’ was a pedestrian 4.55, while Barney’s was an outstanding 5.16. That means Barney would get to one more ball than Phillips could every 2 games.

    • realnostalgia - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      Darwin also lead also lead ALL of baseball in Defensive Runs saved with 29 and set the record for consecutive games without an error with 141.

      • theallegedone - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:39 AM

        It’s EASY to the lead ALL OF BASEBALL in Runs saved when the Cubs allow 3 baserunners PER INNING.

  12. randygnyc - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    This doesn’t bode well for trouts MVP chances.

    • paperlions - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:03 PM

      Different group of voters. Pretty much the worst people you could possible ask about defense vote for the GGs.

    • jg916 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      You don’t seriously believe Trout has a chance to win the MVP?? Cabrera wins the first Triple Crown since 1968 and you actually think Trout has ANY chance??
      You might want to get out of the LA area a bit more. Perhaps you’ve inhaled too many

      • jg916 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM


      • crackersnap - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

        First of all, Cabrera’s Triple Crown is the first since 1967, not ’68.

        Second of all, it’s not that great of an accomplishment when you realize that FOURTEEN times some MLB player had as good, if not better, numbers than Yaz did in 1968 so it’s not like Cabrera reached some rare pinnacle. Meanwhile Mike rout was doing things that reached back to Lou Gehrig, and to Ty Cobb, and to…like..well…first time EVER.

        Third, the Triple Crown depends just as heavily on others to fail as it does somebody to succeed. For example, had Josh Hamilton not gone blind in the last month Cabrera would not have even gained the Triple Crown, and yet he would have been every bit as lethal at the plate.

        Finally, the award is the Most Valuable PLAYER, not the Most Successful BATTER In Three Relic Categories That Fit Easily In Outdated Newspaper Box Scores. So how does one go beyond some simple counting stats dealing with one aspect of a player’s value, and compare EVERYTHING a player contributes in total: bat, glove, base running? Well, we have just such a measure. It’s called Wins Above Replacement and while it’s not quite a perfect measure, every implementation not only credits Trout with being far and away the best all-around and overall baseball player in Major League Baseball, not just he American League, but it also finds that Cabrera might not even be the Most Valuable Detroit Tiger.

        So, yeah, it is totally realistic to believe Trout had a chance to win the MVP. Ain’t gonna happen, of course, as too many voters share your contempt for a world beyond rotary dial phones. You might want to get out of the Detroit area, while your home is still worth more than 75 cents.

      • grumpyoleman - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM


        Trout played on a much better hitting team and had just as good of pitching staff, if not better, as the Tigers Cabrera took a team with 5 regulars batting over .250 to the World Series. He tanked and the team died, don’t get much more valuable than that.

        You also can’t compare FOURTEEN players stats with Yaz’s. You seem to forget the effect of stadium changes, mound changes, expansion, steroids, and numerous other thiings.

        You can keep all of your little new wave stats. Most of us don’t are how many hits someguy hit on Tuesdays while wearing gray underwear after eating a cheese pizza (TGC). We can tell who can play or not by looking at em.

      • clydeserra - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        grumpyoleman, if that was satire, spot on. if not, nobody cares about pizza on tuesdays, the advanced statistics actually go in the opposite direction than what you think. they actually use more information rather than narrow the focus of the data.

        I don’t think line up protection exists, but apparently you do. Remind yourself that Prince Fielder batted behind Cabrera all year. He hit 30/108/313 in the categories Cabrera won the triple crown and 313/412/538 in the new traditional slash categories. And you are saying that trout, with erick aybar behind him was better protection?

      • crackersnap - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:54 PM


        Mike Trout stepped onto the field on April 28th, with the team playing .300 ball up to that point. With Trout present in the lineup, that same team then played .585 ball the balance of the season. The Angels ended up winning more games in the toughest division in all of baseball, than did the Cabrera and the Tigers while playing in one of the weakest. It “don’t get much more valuable than that.”

        And, using your logic, Trout slumped in the final month, dropping 10 points off his BA and handing one leg of the Triple Crown to Cabrera. And during that slump the Angels, perhaps the most feared playoff team for 2012, got nosed out of a playoff slot altogether. Therefore, again using your logic, Trout is the beast.

        And, while Cabrera tanked in the playoffs (along with Fielder and Verlander, so it’s not as if Cabrera was THE reason for failure), he still hit .265 for the post-season. But consider that the teams Cabrera faced were the A’s, the Yankees and then the Giants. In 2012 Trout batted against each of those teams, respectively, .283, .407 and .538.

        P.S. – Yes, WAR does take into account baseball eras, stadium differences, etc. Maybe you might consider purchasing the MLB package next season so that you can start watching Trout play every day and learn a thing or two about the value of devastating speed on the base paths, speed and athleticism in the outfield, hitting power form the lead off spot, all to go along with an extremely high batting average and slugging percentage and On Base Percentage. Oh, and, you know, scoring runs, which is, of course, the whole point of the game.

  13. johnnyb1976 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Adam LaRoche…. Really!! Wow who’s voting for this? Barnum and Bailey’s circus clowns. What a joke!

    • sumerduckman - Oct 31, 2012 at 7:53 AM

      Who’s voting? Just the AL and NL managers and coaches, but they don’t know shit.

      • crackersnap - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

        That’s closer to the truth than you imagine. Managers and coaches focus mostly on THEIR OWN players. MLB teams have entire scouting departments and Front Office personnel that spend all their time wandering around and inspecting opposing players. Managers and coaches don’t do that.

        And yet, managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for their own players in the GG. So the one group of players that they DO know about, they cannot vote for. And the other group of players that they CAN vote for, they don’t know shit about.

        But baseball teams are not completely stupid. They do have all that personnel who are paid to know about every other player. And when those people were asked for THEIR vote, the results are The Sporting News All-Star team. Google that and compare. You will learn that, yeah, when it comes to things like this managers and coaches don’t know shit.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      It would do you well to watch games not involving the Redlegs every now and then.
      If so…you would know that Adam LaRoche can pick it with anyone.

      A Cardinals fan who appreciates good baseball even when played by someone NOT on my favorite team

  14. ebrownwareagle - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    SHOUTS OUT to Jay HAY…. CONGRATS!! Bourn got Snubbed!!

  15. cowboyr8 - Oct 30, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Alright a royal is 2 years in a row. Took along time for us.

  16. loungefly74 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    respectable list…

    (on a side note…this made me think about how awesome greg maddux was…)

  17. foolmaker - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Two of those players play in the pacific time zone. Stay classy, Golden Glove.

    • crackersnap - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM

      Only 3 of them play West of Arlington, Texas.

  18. pkswally024 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Is alexo0 kidding me?

  19. thebadguyswon - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Wright’s Uzr led the NL 3b and was 8pts better than Headleys. but why let stats get in the way of a popularity contest.

    • slyordie - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM

      You think Headley is more popular than Wright?

  20. gopackgo520 - Oct 30, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    What about Freddie fFeeman????

  21. slumdog66 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    WOW! Trout for robbed. That’s some serious BS. What blind idiots vote anyways?!

  22. smcgaels1997 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Yeah Brandon Phillips wins and Brandon Crawford isn’t even nominated….wow

  23. jg916 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    As a die hard Yankees fan, congrats to Teixeira and Cano.
    As a die hard Yankees fan, congrats to all the other winners, too.
    Hey, I’m a baseball fan first. Great job by all!

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:16 PM

      Haters: 1 jg91: 0

      • jimeejohnson - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:17 PM


  24. johnnyb1976 - Oct 31, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    These nerds lets saber metrics blind what they see on the field. Barney over Phillips ummmm I’ll take Phillips every day and twice on Sunday, LaRoche over freeman and Votto? LaRoche is probably the worst defensive first baseman to ever win a gold glove. Sounds like there is a lot of BS surrounding the GG now. It goes to the person who’s saber metrics line looks the best instead of WHO is the best. Stupid nerds.

    • crackersnap - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:56 AM

      Wrongamundo. If you want to see what the “sabremetric nerds” define as the finest fielders in baseball, google The Fielding Bible Awards.

      Nerds find this GG list an abomination. As usual.

      • gostlcards5 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        You get a thumbs-up just for using the word “wrongamundo”. ha ha ha ha

      • derklempner - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:56 PM

        Also interesting to see The Fielding Bible Award for second basemen went to… Darwin Barney.

    • derklempner - Oct 31, 2012 at 3:59 PM

      Maybe you should watch a few Cubs games when the Reds aren’t playing them. Then you’ll see why Barney is such a defensive stud.

      I’m not saying Phillips isn’t a stud as well, but Barney rightfully won this award. He simply had a better year, defensively, than Phillips.

    • pdowdy83 - Nov 1, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      Have you really ever watched Adam LaRoche play first base? I had no clue how good he was over there until he came to the Nationals. He is so smooth and makes everything look so easy. I’m not saying Freeman and Votto aren’t worthy of a fielding award but LaRoche was due.

  25. ohiobears - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:10 AM

    Hey nostalgia. I see you can google. Watch a reds game… Every night, and I mean literally 9 out of 10 games BP makes a play that makes you just shake your head. Whether its a barehanded flip or a behind the back toss this dude does so much more than any other 2B in the game. Period. They don’t keep stats on % of plays completed that any normal 2b wouldn’t have had a chance in heck at turning.

    • cktai - Oct 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

      Really? I thought that was exactly what most advanced metrics were based on. Keeping stats on balls coming in the general direction of the player and comparing it with what an average player in that position would or would not get to.

      Incidentally, Phillips is second in RZR behind Mark Ellis, and 6th in UZR. The latter coincides more with the limited number of outs he seems to make compared to other second basemen. Despite apparently being able to make all those plays that other second basemen can’t.

      • derklempner - Oct 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        Incidentally, Phillips had a lower-than-average range factor per 9 innings compared to the NL average. Barney’s was nearly half a point higher than the NL average, and more than half a point higher than Phillips’. In simpler terms, Barney would get to one more ball every 2 games than Phillips could.

        I don’t know why Phillips fans are so outraged because another player actually had a better defensive year than Phillips. You still have an amazing second baseman; it’s just that he didn’t win the Gold Glove this year.

    • gostlcards5 - Oct 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Can’t speak from experience on BP, because I haven’t watched him play that much, but this is exactly what I always loved about Scott Rolen. First game I ever took my stepdaughter to (she was 7 then, 15 now), and he made 2 of them. She loved watching the game and asked questions non-stop. Good times…..

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