New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals each took three winners in the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.
Third baseman Manny Machado, shortstop J.J. Hardy and center fielder Adam Jones made the Orioles, representing American League, the first club since the 2003-04 Cardinals to have at least three Gold Glove Award winners in consecutive seasons.
The Orioles are coming off a Major League record-low 54 errors last season.
From the Royals, also representing the American League, were catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer who won for the first-time, and left fielder Alex Gordon who notched his third straight.
Joining Perez among catchers was Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals of the National League (NL), who took home his sixth Gold Glove.
National League Most Valuable Player Award candidate Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks was the other winner among first basemen.
At second base were Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox (AL), who won his third, and Brandon Phillips of the Cincinatti Indians (NL).
Joining Hardy at short stop was first-time winner Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves (NL).
The other third baseman was Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies (NL), who became just the 10th rookie in history to take home the award.
The winner from the National League at left field was Carlos Gonzalez, also of the Rockies, while completing the cast at center field for NL was Carlos Gomez of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox (AL), who won his fourth, and Gerardo Parra of the Diamondbacks (NL), who accepted his second, compose the right fielders.
Toronto Blue Jays (AL) pitcher R.A. Dickey notched his first Gold Glove Award at the ripe age of 39, while his National League counterpart was Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Until the 2013 season, the Gold Glove Awards had been decided by voting among Major League managers and coaches. This year, however, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) collaborated with Rawlings to formally incorporate sabermetrics as a component.
According to Rawlings and SABR, a committee of experts in baseball analytics devised a SABR Defensive Index (SDI) that was to account for 30 votes — about 25 percent of the total.