Jul 7, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) makes the catch on a long fly ball to left field in the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Athletics Shut Out of Gold Glove Awards

There will be no foam Gold Glove giveaways at the O.co Coliseum in 2014.  Perhaps the A’s could give out Gold Glove ballots with other players’ names marked off if they desperately need a promotion.  In what was frankly not very surprising news as revealed on ESPN2, Shane Victorino defeated Josh Reddick and Nick Markakis for the award in right field.  Like it or not, offensive production plays a role in how these awards are distributed, and Reddick’s poor season likely eliminated any chance he had of taking the award for the second straight year.

Much like Reddick, Yoenis Cespedes suffered a bit of a down season with the bat and that may have hindered his chances of winning the award for left field.  Alex Gordon took the hardware over Cespedes, and Andy Dirks of the Detroit Tigers.

The most surprising, or perhaps predictable depending on your perspective, was that Manny Machado took down Adrian Beltre‘s Gold Glove dynasty as well as Evan Longoria to take home his first.  Many in the A’s universe thought Josh Donaldson should have been nominated for the award, and maybe he should have, or maybe he wasn’t quite deserving, but it’s really tough to argue with Machado taking it home.

All three of the A’s candidates have the potential to appear on many Gold Glove ballots, and possibly take home awards in the near future, so none of them should hang their heads after being shut out this time around.

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  • Eric Ritz

    Gold Glove actually appears to be getting away from its offensive bias. Markakis had an even worse offensive season that Reddick (Markakis has also never seemed like a good defender to me period, so his nomination looks strange no matter which angle you take). And Cespedes’ bat couldn’t have affected him much, as he and Alex Gordon were league average hitters at best, and Dirks was downright bad (89 wRC+). Andrelton Simmons is also a bad hitter but unreal with the glove. Shoot last year Darwin Barney deservedly won last year and is a horrendous hitter. This year is the only year in the history of The Fielding Bible that all of their winners also won Gold Gloves. The only real revelation about this year’s awards is that none of the voters have apparently ever seen a game with Adam Jones. That guy has never impressed me in Center.

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