Former Orioles great Brooks Robinson caught on quickly: Preventing runs was just as important as scoring them.
A human highlight film at the hot corner, Robinson finished No. 1 in fan voting for the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove team released yesterday.
"It's something I'm very proud of," the Hall of Fame third baseman said. "I'm glad to see the defense get a little credit. Defense is what it's all about in every sport, but offense gets all the attention."
Plus, there was a surprise among the big names: Wes Parker, a defensive ace in the 1960s and early 1970s, beat out Don Mattingly and Keith Hernandez at first base.
The nine winners have combined to earn 100 Gold Gloves, which are chosen annually by major league managers and coaches.
Nearly 1 million votes for the all-time team were received online, through the mail and in person at sporting goods stores.
Robinson drew the highest vote total of any player with 61 percent. He won a record-tying 16 Gold Gloves for the Orioles and was the Most Valuable Player of the 1970 World Series, largely because of his diving stops, backhanded plays and accurate throws.
"When you get to a World Series, that's kind of a showcase in baseball," said Robinson, who began his pro career at second base before a fortuitous switch to third. "I think that kind of was the stage that people look for."
• Tigers // Gary Sheffield will be out of the lineup for a while because of a sore right shoulder that has bothered him for more than a month. The designated hitter said he would miss at least for the remainder of the team's homestand, which ends Monday. He is batting .279 with 24 home runs and 71 RBIs.
• Phillies // Left-hander Cole Hamels was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained elbow and is expected to miss two starts. Hamels (14-5, 3.50 ERA) is eligible to be activated Sept 1. Hamels' injury isn't nearly as bad as was feared. A magnetic resonance imaging showed no structural or ligament damage in his throwing elbow. His DL stint is retroactive to Aug. 17. ... Outfielder Shane Victorino (quad), on the DL since July 31, was activated. He was batting .283 with 11 homers before he got hurt.
• Padres // Major league ERA leader Chris Young returned to San Diego to get his ailing back examined, and the Padres weren't sure when he would pitch again. The All-Star right-hander was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Mets after only five innings because of lower back pain. Manager Bud Black said the team expected to know about Young's status today. Young is 9-4 with a 2.12 ERA in 23 starts.
• Braves // Atlanta activated shortstop Edgar Renteria, but he left the game against the Reds in the first inning after reinjuring his right ankle. Renteria, who missed 17 games with a sprained ankle, was hitting .336 with 11 home runs and 53 RBIs in 105 games before his injury.