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Three Royals Win Gold Gloves

Todd Pittenger - October 29, 2013 8:15 pm

Three Kansas City Royals players are rewarded with gold gloves for outstanding seasons in the field.

Major League Baseball announced its 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove winners Tuesday evening. Among the winners are a club record three Royals. Left Fielder Alex Gordon, First Baseman Eric Hosmer and Catcher Salvador Perez were all American League gold glove winners at their positions.

According to the Royals, Gordon join Amos Otis (1971, ’73-74) as the only Royals outfielder to win three Gold Gloves. The team record is eight, by second baseman Frank White.

The Royals have had more than one winner in the same year three other times — 1977, White and outfielder Al Cowens; ’80, White and outfielder Willie Wilson; and ’89, catcher Bob Boone and pitcher Bret Saberhagen.

This marks the first year since the awards’ inception in 1957 that the winners will be chosen not only in a vote of Major League managers and coaches but by the SABR Defensive Index, which incorporates fielding science into the equation of personal evaluation. The SDI draws on and aggregates two types of existing defensive metrics: those derived from batted ball, location-based data, and those collected by from play-by-play accounts.