Add a nice little exclamation point to the Birds’ magical 2012 season.
All three Orioles that were finalists at their position for Gold Glove awards – J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones, and Matt Wieters – were declared the victors last night.
It was Hardy’s first Gold Glove, Wieters second (and second consecutive) and Jones’s second (first since 2009).
While it was no shock that Hardy took home the accolade, as mentioned here yesterday, I was a bit (happily) surprised that Wieters and Jones won. In addition to being kick-ass defenders, the O’s may have benefited a bit from their durability – Wieters played more games than any A.L. catcher (134), Hardy played in the most games he ever has in his career (158), and Jones was a mini-Iron Man, playing in all 162 contests.
While many expected Anaheim’s Mike Trout to take home the Gold Glove in center field, he likely suffered from two factors: being a rookie, and playing only 110 games in center field. It’s not uncommon to see deserving defenders get snubbed their first few times being nominated.
Regardless, I’m more than happy to be wrong this time around.
It was the first time the O’s won three Gold Gloves in a season since 1998.
Congrats to all three Birds!