Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won the third annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Award for the American League, given to the league’s best overall defensive player and chosen from among this season’s nine AL Gold Glove winners.
Machado, 21, received the award during the annual Gold Glove Awards ceremony in New York City on Friday night. The award was decided by a combination of an online fan vote and a new sabermetic measure that was also used for the first time in deciding the Gold Glove winners.
Machado received 24.9 percent of the overall vote, beating Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (16.1 percent). Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who won his second straight Gold Glove this season, placed third with 14.7 percent.
Machado also led all major league defenders in the Society of American Baseball Research’s Defensive Index (SDI) -- a five-component defensive metric created this year that accounted for 25 percent of the Gold Glove selection process -- at 32.4. Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who won the National League Platinum Glove Award over two-time winner Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals by just 0.2 percent, led the NL with a 29.3 SDI.
Machado led all AL fielders in defensive runs saved (35), ultimate zone rating (31.2) and total zone rating (32), which are three of the five metrics that make up the SDI.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won the previous two AL Platinum Glove awards, but he wasn’t eligible this season because Machado edged him for the Gold Glove at third base.
At the ceremony, this year’s three Orioles Gold Glove winners received their awards.
Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, who won a position player-record 16 Gold Gloves in his career, presented Machado with his award.
Hall of Fame center fielder Willie Mays gave Orioles center fielder Adam Jones his third career Gold Glove, while Hardy received his award from Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith.
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