Cal Ripken fails in quest for gold


ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken set seven major-league defensive records last season, but it wasn't enough for him to earn his first Rawlings Gold Glove, an award decided by a vote of major-league managers and coaches.

The Chicago White Sox's Ozzie Guillen today received his first Gold Glove despite making 17 errors last season. Ripken, a nine-year veteran, made only three.

"I'd like to win one of those things to be honest with you," Ripken said. "I hadn't gotten my hopes up too high. It's something that's out of my control. It's a vote by managers and coaches.

"I'm the type of player, if I'm doing my job right, I make all the plays look routine. I'm not very noticeable. I don't stand out fielding my position."

Orioles manager Frank Robinson labeled the voting, conducted by Rawlings Sporting Goods, a "shame."

Texas manager Bobby Valentine said, "I'm embarrassed by my peers."

"I guess the criteria is not the best defensive player at the position -- that's not the guy that wins the Gold Glove," Robinson said. "I felt like if Cal didn't win it this year, he never would."

Ripken's three errors and .996 fielding percentage broke records set by Toronto shortstop Tony Fernandez in 1989. He also established marks for consecutive errorless games (95) and errorless chances (431).

In the National League, St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith won the Gold Glove for the 11th straight season. Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg won his eighth Gold Glove, matching the record by Bill Mazeroski and Frank White.

Other winners included:


1B--Mark McGwire, Oakland; 2B--Harold Reynolds, Seattle; SS--Guillen; 3B--Kelly Gruber, Toronto; OF--Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle; Ellis Burks, Boston; Gary Pettis, Texas; C--Sandy Alomar Jr., Cleveland; P--Mike Boddicker, Boston.


1B--Andres Galarraga, Montreal; 2B--Ryne Sandberg, Chicago; 3B--Tim Wallach, Montreal; SS--Ozzie Smith, St. Louis; OF--Barry Bonds, Pittsburgh; Tony Gwynn, San Diego; Andy Von Slyke, Pittsburgh; C--Benito Santiago, San Diego; P--Greg Maddux, Chicago.

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