Machado, Davis named finalists for Gold Gloves; Hardy, oth­ers passed over

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/JonMe­oli

Two Ori­oles in­field­ers — third base­man Manny Machado and first base­man Chris Davis — were named finalists for 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 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, who was ab­sent seven weeks 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) mea­sures how valu­able a fielder is com­pared with an av­er­age player by as­sign­ing val­ues to bat­ted balls and whether the fielder con­verts them into outs. Be­cause 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 won twice, in 2013 and 2015; Sea­ger won in 2014 and Bel­tre 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 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 Rangers.

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

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 Third base­man Manny Machado First base­man Chris Davis 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.

Though he missed the seven weeks with his frac­tured foot, Hardy was rated as one of the AL’s best de­fend­ers by many ad­vanced met­rics.

Hardy’s 14.3 UZR/150 ranked him third be­hind the Los An­ge­les An­gels’ An­drel­ton Sim­mons and Cleve­land In­di­ans’ Fran­cisco Lin­dor, both finalists. The third, Jose Igle­sias of the Detroit Tigers, ranked fourth. Ac­cord­ing to tra­di­tional mea­sures, Hardy’s six er­rors were sec­ond fewest among qual­i­fied short­stops, be­hind Igle­sias’ five. Hardy won the award from 2012 to 2014. Also among Ori­oles passed over were catcher Matt Wi­eters, sec­ond base­man Jonathan Schoop and cen­ter fielder Adam Jones.

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