How many Orioles deserve the Gold Glove?

How many Orioles deserve the Gold Glove?
October 28, 2013, 4:15 pm
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On Tuesday, the Gold Glove winners will be announced. If you’re a devotee of “Fangraphs,” the innovative website and an Orioles fan, you may be in for a disappointment.

Six Orioles, Matt Wieters, Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy, Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are finalists for the award, which will be announced on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

According to Fangraphs, only Manny Machado is deserving of the award. Wieters and Jones have twice won the award, Hardy and Markakis are also previous winners.

The awards are using sabermetric methods for the first time, and according to August Fagerstrom, who used Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) and Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), Machado was an easy winner over Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria and Oakland’s Josh Donaldson.

Donaldson was not among the finalists. Texas’ Adrian Beltre was.

Fagerstrom rates Wieters, who has won the award the last two years, as the third best catcher behind Kansas City’s Salvador Perez and Cleveland’s Yan Gomes. Gomes is not a finalist.

He said Wieters was “the league’s best pitch-blocker and has a sound reputation for being a good defensive catcher and pitch-framer.”

Davis was dismissed by Fagerstrom as “average at best in the field.”

Jones and Markakis don’t merit either a top three or even a comment by the writer.

Hardy didn’t make his finalists pool either, but Fagerstrom praises him as “a fine choice…as he has been one of the premier defenders at shortstop for nearly a decade, but the defensive talent pool at shortstop is deep, as always, and Hardy just missed the cut this year.”

The Orioles did set major league records with just 54 errors, 119 errorless games and a .991 fielding percentage. Instead, Fagerstrom says the Kansas City Royals, who have five finalists, should win three of the Gold Gloves.

NOTE: Buck and Angela Showalter’s fourth annual KidsPeace “Trick or Trot” 5K/1-Mile Walk will be held Saturday morning at Oriole Park.

Proceeds from the event benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington D.C.

Participants may dress in their favorite Halloween costume, and the race begins at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

Runners can register or pick up their race packets on Friday from 5-8 p.m. At Dempsey’s Brew Pub in the Warehouse.

For more information or to register, visit www.kidspeace5K.org.