Carroll County Times

Machado, Hardy, Jones nab Gold Gloves for Orioles

The Orioles set a major-league record for fewest errors in a season this year, and their reward was six finalists for Gold Glove awards.
Three of the six came away with hardware - center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy, and third baseman Manny Machado - and Baltimore received three Gold Gloves for the second year in a row, becoming the first AL team in 10 years to win at least three in consecutive seasons.
Right fielder Nick Markakis, first baseman Chris Davis, and catcher Matt Wieters were also finalists for AL Gold Gloves.
Jones won his third career Gold Glove, Hardy his second, and Machado his first.
"You always have it in the back of your mind that you always want to win a Gold Glove," Machado said on a teleconference with the media Tuesday night. "It was kind of a surprise when my name got called. It's just an honor to be in the same category with all the other third basemen out there."
Machado is the first Orioles third baseman since Brooks Robinson to win a Gold Glove. Robinson won 16 in a row from 1960-1975.
His first came at age 23; Machado turned 21 in July.
"You're talking about Brooks, one of the best players that has played," said Machado, who led all AL third basemen in fielding percentage (97.3) and assists (355). "To be in the same category as him and be on the same team that he played for, that just makes it that much better."
Hardy's second Gold Glove makes him the third Orioles shortstop to win in consecutive years, joining Cal Ripken (1991-92) and Mark Belanger (1973-78). He led AL shortstops in games played (159) and double plays turned (108).
"It's getting in a routine and sticking with it," Hardy said. "A lot of it is focus during the game, through the nine innings, the 27 outs. I think the biggest thing is being able to kind of focus on every pitch, just being ready for anything.
"It's something that I don't think will ever get old. It's a true honor."
Jones led AL center fielders in games (156), assists (11), and putouts (352), and he joined Paul Blair (1969-75) as the only Orioles outfielders to receive a Gold Glove in consecutive seasons.
Baltimore has had 17 different players win Gold Gloves since the award was created in 1957, the second highest total for any team and most in the AL.
"I'm just proud of the work they put in," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's an honor to watch them play defense and care about it, because they realize how important it is."