Thursday, November 6, 2008

AL Gold Glove Winners

As promised, here are the American League Rawlings Gold Glove winners for the 2008 season:

Pitcher: Mike Mussina, NY (Yankees)
Catcher: Joe Mauer, Minnesota
1st Base: Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay
2nd Base: Dustin Pedroia, Boston
3rd Base: Adrian Beltre, Seattle
Short Stop: Michael Young, Texas
Outfield: Torii Hunter, LA (Angels)
Outfield: Grady Sizemore, Cleveland
Outfield: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle

Now, for a team like Seattle that can't seem to win many games, they certainly are not lacking in terms of fielding. This is Ichiro's eighth consecutive Gold Glove and deservedly so. Ichiro has a gun and he knows it and shows it. His speed doesn't hurt his performance in the outfield, either.

Another player now a part of the eight consecutive awards club is Torii Hunter who was traded from the turf in Minnesota where he began his career to the grass in Los Angeles that didn't seem to phase him. He is everything Ichiro is and he dives head first into walls, practically jumps over them and doesn't break a sweat in the process. And then of course there is the trademark Torii Hunter smile...

Unlike the National League, the American League announcement nailed the outfield awards. There are three AL outfielders who steal the show and all three were rightly recognized today.

Like the National League, the American League pitcher recognized with his seventh Gold Glove, Mike Mussina, is potentially in a transitional point of his career. He has far more to gain if he continues with the Yankees, unlike Maddux and the Dodgers, but he, like Maddux, is still proving that a veteran pitcher can field his position and field it well.

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