As we wait for Game 6 of the World Series, the Orioles are hoping for good news from the Gold Glove Awards, which will be seen tonight on ESPN2 at 8 p.m.
Six Orioles have been designated as finalists. Last year, three (Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones) were winners, and they’re again finalists. Nick Markakis, a 2011 winner, Manny Machado and Chris Davis join them.
Machado was the only Orioles winner in the Fielding Bible awards, which are not segregated by league.
The Orioles have never had more than four winners. They’ll see if traditional fielding records, set this year, of 54 errors, 119 errorless games and a .991 fielding percentage sway the managers and coaches who vote. They’ll also hope the newly implemented sabermetric stats don’t hurt their case.
After the World Series ends, you’ll be able to watch the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game. That will be on MLB Network at 8 p.m. Saturday.
The West team is managed by Bowie’s Gary Kendall. Kendall’s Surprise Saguaros have the best record in the AFL. Two Orioles prospects, left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Tim Berry have been chosen for the team.
Berry is an interesting prospect. Drafted in the 50th round in 2010, he’s worked his way up to Frederick, and was 11-7 with a 3.85 ERA with the Keys.
He wouldn’t necessarily have been with the Orioles had the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement been in effect. Beginning in 2012, it limits the draft to 40 rounds. Few players taken in the second half of the draft make it to the majors.