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