Machado among finalists for Gold Glove Award
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is among the three American League finalists at his position for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Machado, who won the award in 2013 as well as the Platinum Glove for the league's best defender, is joined by the Rangers' Adrian Beltre and the Rays' Evan Longoria as finalists at third base. Winners will be announced on Nov. 10.
Despite committing a career-high 19 errors this season in 156 games at third -- he also committed two errors in seven games at shortstop -- Machado still rated among the league's best defenders at the position. He finished second in the AL in defensive runs saved at third base with 14, behind only Beltre, who finished with 18.
The Gold Glove Award nomination comes in conjunction with a career offense year for Machado, who set career highs in homers (35), RBIs (86), batting average (.286), on-base percentage (.359), slugging percentage (.502) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.861).
Machado's glove work made him the lone Baltimore player to be named a finalist this year, a divergence from recent Orioles history.
Baltimore has had multiple winners in every year since 2011, a streak that will end this season. In 2014, the Orioles had three Gold Glove winners in shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis. Machado was hampered by injuries in '14 that limited him to 82 games.
Hardy and Jones had won the Gold Glove Award at their respective positions in each of the past three seasons.