Orioles infielders Manny Machado, Chris Davis named Gold Glove finalists

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
Chris Davis and Manny Machado are the Orioles' only two Gold Glove finalists.

Two Orioles infielders — third baseman Manny Machado and first baseman Chris Davis — were named finalists for the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, given annually to the league’s best fielders.

Each position had three nominees, selected by a combination of player and manager votes, and advanced statistics, with the winners scheduled to be announced live on ESPN on Nov. 8 at 8 p.m.

Machado was named a Gold Glove finalist at third base despite showing his range at shortstop when spelling J.J. Hardy during a seven-week absence because of a foot injury. At third base, Machado rated second behind Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers with a UZR/150 of 12.6, and he made just seven errors, fewest among qualifying American League third basemen.

All statistics are courtesy of FanGraphs. The statistic ultimate zone rating (UZR) compares how valuable a fielder is compared to an average player by assigning values to batted balls and whether the fielder converts it into an out. Since it’s a counting statistic, it’s best used for comparison by UZR/150, which shows a player’s value over the course of a season with 150 games played.

Machado is a finalist alongside Beltre and Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners. Machado has already won twice, in 2013 and 2015, with Seager winning in 2014 and Beltre earning the nod in 2011 and 2012. Machado won the Platinum Glove, a fan-voted honor for the league’s best overall fielder, in 2013.

While Machado was a given, Davis' candidacy wasn't. He was named one of three finalists at his position, along with Eric Hosmer of the Kansas City Royals and Mitch Moreland of the Texas Rangers.

All season long, Orioles manager Buck Showalter stumped for Davis as a candidate, citing his strong throwing arm and scooping ability at first base as worthy of his candidacy alone. Davis was nominated in 2013, but lost to Hosmer, who has won every year since then.

Davis’ 10 errors were tied for most among qualified first basemen this year. But according to FanGraphs, he made a league-high 39 scoops at first base and was credited with eight defensive runs saved, most among qualified AL first basemen.

Several Orioles were passed over for the nominations, most notably Hardy at shortstop.

Despite missing seven weeks with a fractured foot, Hardy was rated as one of the AL's best defenders by many advanced metrics.

Hardy’s 14.3 UZR/150 ranked third behind Los Angeles Angels glove wizard Andrelton Simmons and Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor, both finalists. The third, Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers, ranked fourth. By traditional measures, Hardy's six errors were second fewest among qualified shortstops behind Iglesias' five.

Hardy won the award three straight years from 2012-14.

Also among those passed over on the Orioles were catcher Matt Wieters, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and center fielder Adam Jones.

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