Buxton and Dozier named AL Gold Glove winners

The Minnesota Twins announced today that outfielder Byron Buxton and second baseman Brian Dozier have been named recipients of the 2017 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award® at their respective defensive positions. This marks the first time that either player has earned the award.

November 8th, 2017

The Minnesota Twins announced today that outfielder Byron Buxton and second baseman Brian Dozier have been named recipients of the 2017 American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award® at their respective defensive positions. This marks the first time that either player has earned the award.

Buxton, 23, played 137 games in centerfield this season, committing just five errors with six outfield assists in 400 total chances and 1,143.0 innings played. He ranked third in all of baseball in defensive runs saved (24) and second among outfielders. His .951 Zone Rating was the fourth-best for a centerfielder in baseball history and best since Gabe Kapler in 1999 (.953). The Twins Heart and Hustle Award representative was named the club's 2017 winner of the Jim Kaat Award as Twins Defensive Player of the Year, as awarded by the Twin Cities Chapter of the BBWAA.

 Dozier, 30, played in 152 games this season, committing just five errors at second base in 674 total chances and 1,311.0 innings played. He was tied for fewest errors in all of baseball among second basemen with at least 1,000.0 innings played and ranked third in both innings at the position and double plays turned (109). Since the start of 2015, he ranks second among AL second basemen in fielding percentage (.990).

Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. recognizes the best defensive players at their respective positions in each league. Each manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their league, and cannot vote for players on their own team.

"2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award," said Mike Thompson, Executive Vice President of Marketing for St. Louis-based Rawlings. "Since the award's inception in 1957, it has become the standard by which defensive plays are measured, and to this day the award continues to be one of the most iconic awards in all of sports."

This year's award represents the 42nd and 43rd times a Twins player has won a Rawlings Gold Glove Award® and first time since Joe Mauer in 2010.