Pedroia, Victorino snag Gold Glove Awards
Red Sox second baseman honored a third time; right fielder gets first in AL
BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia won his third Rawlings Gold Glove Award in six years, while Shane Victorino made the transition from center to right field, capturing his first Gold Glove in the American League and fourth overall.
The awards were announced Tuesday on ESPN2.
With defensive statistics playing a role in the awards for the first time -- 75 percent of the vote was decided by managers and coaches, 25 percent made up of five different defensive metrics -- Pedroia had the numbers on his side. He led Major League second basemen with 15 defensive runs saved; Cano had six.
Victorino, a former center fielder who played right field full time in 2013 for the first time since 2007, led AL right fielders with 24 runs saved and a 25 UZR (ultimate zone rating). Victorino won Gold Gloves in 2008, '09 and '10 while playing center field for the Phillies. He edged out Oakland's Josh Reddick, who won the award in 2012, and Baltimore's Nick Markakis, who won in 2011.
Victorino, who missed Games 4 and 5 of the World Series due to back soreness, is expected to return to the lineup when the Red Sox host the Cardinals for Game 6 at Fenway Park on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET air time, 8:07 first pitch on FOX).
Jacoby Ellsbury, who was a finalist at center field, lost to Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Ellsbury ranked third among AL center fielders with 13 defensive runs saved and fifth in the AL with a 10 UZR; Jones had negative-two runs saved, -6.8 UZR.
Mike Napoli, who led all Major League first basemen in most defensive metrics, wasn't considered as a finalist. The award went to the Royals' Eric Hosmer, who had three defensive runs saved. Napoli ranked first in the Majors in UZR (9.7) and first in the AL with 10 defensive runs saved.
"In my mind, he is [a Gold Glover]," manager John Farrell said Saturday before Game 3 of the World Series at Busch Stadium. "In the minds of many voters, Napoli might still be viewed a catcher."