Peter Schmuck

Davis' errors, Machado's time at shortstop likely hurt their Gold Glove chances

Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent the entire 2016 season campaigning for first baseman Chris Davis to win his first Gold Glove Award, but it wasn't to be.

Showalter probably didn't think he needed to campaign for Manny Machado, and that might have been the reason Manny didn't win his third.


Davis and Machado were the only Orioles finalists for baseball's signature defensive awards and the Orioles were shut out of the Gold Gloves for the first time since 2010, but there was no great injustice done.

Davis made a lot of terrific plays this past season and was recognized for that by being among the three finalists, but he fell well behind winner Mitch Moreland in fielding percentage and made 10 errors to Moreland's two.


Machado might have more of a gripe, since he had the highest fielding percentage and and second fewest errors (seven) at his position, but he might have to blame himself and his manager for the decision to play shortstop while J.J. Hardy was hurt early in the season.

Because of that, Machado played just 114 games at third base this past year and 45 at short, where he made six errors. Adrian Beltre won the third base award for the fifth time in his great career.

So for the second day in a row, there was disapointment in Birdland. Zach Britton, who was clearly baseball's best reliever in 2016, was not among the top three vote-getters for the American League Cy Young Award when the finalists were announced on Monday, and Machado was not a finalist for American League MVP.

Britton had already won the Mariano Rivera American League Reliever of the Year Award for his record-setting season.

The only other Oriole in the mix for a major award is Showalter, who is a finalist -- along with Terry Fancona and Rangers manager Jeff Bannister -- for AL Manager of the Year. Showalter won the award, which is voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, after leading the O's to the American League Championship Series in 2014.

The Orioles have been known for their stingy defense throughout the Showalter era, but this was not one of their better seasons. They ended up sixth in the majors in fielding percentage, which obviously is good, but had to climb the statistical ladder after getting off to a rocky start that had them 20th in the majors in that department in May.