We are about halfway through the postseason awards season, and despite this being their most successful season in 17 years, the Orioles have considerably less hardware than they did last season.
The week began with shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis winning Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. It was Jones' fourth career Gold Glove and Jones and Hardy won for the third consecutive year, marking the first time teammates have done that in a decade.
But the Orioles were shut out in the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards Wednesday and also received zero Silver Slugger awards Thursday.
The Orioles won three Silver Slugger awards in 2013 (Jones, Hardy and first baseman Chris Davis). Jones and Nelson Cruz were finalists at outfielder and designated hitter, respectively, but didn't win.
I guess leading the majors in homers, as Cruz did this season, doesn't go as far as it used to go. It marked the first time a player who led the majors in homers did not win a Silver Slugger award since 2008 (Ryan Howard). Davis won a Silver Slugger last year after leading the majors in homers.
Granted, the winner of the Silver Slugger at designated hitter, the Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez, had a remarkable year, leading the AL in on-base percentage (.409) and OPS (.974) while finishing second in batting average (.335).
Tonight is the Gold Glove award ceremony in New York. Hardy, Jones and Markakis are all expected to attend. The Platinum Glove, given to the top defensive player in each league, will be awarded at the ceremony. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won that award last year.
Next week, the Baseball Writers' Association of America awards will be announced. The Orioles are represented in just one category, as manager Buck Showalter is a finalist for AL Manager of the Year. He is a favorite to win the award.
Next week could be a big week for the Orioles' front office also. The Baseball America Executive of the Year award will be announced Monday at the general managers meetings in Phoenix, and Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is a strong candidate for that.
This will be a busy weekend for Jones. After attending the Gold Glove award ceremony Friday night, he will be back in Baltimore this weekend for two events.
Saturday, he will be at a dedication ceremony at the Westport Boys and Girls Club in South Baltimore. Along with the Orioles Charitable Foundation, Jones donated $45,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore to remodel the center.
The refurbished center will have new paint and carpet, as well as a new television and gaming system, to encourage teenagers to stay involved in the club and avoid the risks outside the club. The donation also will be used to purchase 12 new computers for the club's technology center, which was rededicated last offseason.
Sunday, Jones will be hosting his second #StayHungry Purple Tailgate before the Ravens' home game against the Tennessee Titans. Tickets range from $50 to $200 and proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Baltimore. The event raised more than $10,000 for the Boys and Girls Club.
The event goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and includes food from restaurants like Blue Agave, Abbey Burger Bistro, Jimmy's Famous Seafood, Mother's Grille and Delia Foley's.
For more information on the tailgate, go to bmorearoundtown.com