Orioles Machado, Jones and Hardy win Gold Gloves

A historic Orioles defense was rewarded handily Tuesday night, with Baltimore earning three American League Gold Glove in shortstop J.J. Hardy, centerfielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado.

It marks the second consecutive year the Orioles have had a trio of Gold Glove recipients recognized for exceptional defense and tied the Kansas City Royals for most in the Major Leagues.

The Gold Glove is the first for Machado –in his first full Major League season—Hardy’s second and the third for Jones, who won along with Hardy in 2012 and also took home the award in ’09. Jones and Hardy are the first set of AL teammates to win in back-to-back years since Adrian Beltre and Ichiro Suzuki for Seattle in 2007-08.

The Orioles had three other nominees in catcher Matt Wieters, first baseman Chris Davis and right fielder Nick Markakis, rounding out a defense that set the Major League record with fewest errors in a season (54) and fielding percentage (.991). Baltimore had 119 errorless games.

Machado put on a clinic at third base, leading the League in fielding percentage (.973), assists (355), double plays turned (42) and range factor per game (3.02) and also finished second with 116 putouts. His 32 Total Zone Runs, which is the number of runs above or below average the player was worth based on the number of plays made, was the highest total for any defender in the majors in 2013 and tied for the 12th best season of all-time.  It was also the best defensive season by an AL infielder since Mark Belanger’s 35 in 1975.

Machado’s 4.4. Defensive Wins Above Replacement led the League and was the third-highest total in the baseball, tying him for the 8th-highest single-season total of all-time for any position. He is the first O’s third baseman to win the award since Brooks Robinson in 1975.

Hardy is the third shortstop in O’s history to win the award in consecutive years, joining Cal Ripken, Jr. (1991-92) and Belanger (six straight, 1973-78).  The captain of the Oriole infield, Hardy he led all AL shortstops in games (159) and double plays turned (108) and also ranked in the top 4 in assists (2nd – 403), putouts (3rd – 230), total zone runs (3rd – 4) and fielding percentage (4th – .981).

Jones lead all AL centerfielders in games (156), assists (11) and putouts (352) and rank was third in fielding percentage (.995). It is the third time in the last four seasons he has led AL centerfielders in putouts.

The trio of awards marks the 19th time the Orioles have had multiple Gold Glove winners in the same season. It is the 10th time in club history the Orioles have had at least three players win a Gold Glove in the same season.

Seventeen different Orioles players have earned a total of 67 Gold Gloves since the award was created in 1957, the second-highest total for any team (St. Louis – 84) and the most in the American League.

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