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.