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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
Three Orioles players were named American League Gold Glove finalists for the second straight season, and just as in 2011, two O's players should win the game's highest honor in fielding when they are announced tonight. Catcher Matt Wieters appears likely to win his second straight Gold Glove despite committing 10 errors this season, most of any AL catcher and five more than he recorded in 2011. Wieters threw out 38.6 percent of base runners attempting to steal against him, the best percentage among the four Gold Glove finalists at the position - Detroit's Alex Avila, New York's Russell Martin and Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski are also finalists.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
HOUSTON -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters isn't looking beyond Friday, when he is scheduled to throw for the first time in more than three weeks, but he's still encouraged by the progress with his right elbow. "It's gotten a lot better over the last few days, which is what we were waiting on," Wieters said Thursday. "Now it's just a matter of going through the throwing progression and hopefully everything keeps getting better. "Every movement that gets me back towards getting on the field is good.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2012
Former Orioles great Jim Palmer had his three Cy Young Award plaques hanging on his wall. His Gold Glove awards are in storage. They're mementos of accomplishments he will always remember and cherish, but Palmer says he didn't need them to validate a 19-year Hall of Fame career. So Palmer is auctioning them off. Palmer isn't in financial need, but said the sale of the trophies would help him care for his 15-year-old autistic stepson and his grandchildren. A portion of the profits will also go to the autism project of Palm Beach County.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
NEW YORK -- The focus of Monday's Yankees home opener was on shortstop Derek Jeter , who played in his final Opening Day game at Yankee Stadium. The 39-year-old Jeter received a standing ovation in his first at bat and a rousing reception from the home crowd during pregame introductions. He also received praise from Showalter, who was Jeter's first big league manager when Jeter debuted with the Yankees in 1995. "He's somebody who baseball should be proud of," Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
In rebuilding the Orioles into a contender, manager Buck Showalter knew a greater priority needed to be placed on playing exceptional defense. Now, after a year during which the club set new standards for defensive excellence, the Orioles are being recognized individually for their defensive play. Six Orioles were named finalists Friday for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. When the winners are announced Tuesday night, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters will be going for their third career Gold Gloves.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Along the hallway that connects the Orioles clubhouse to the dugout, hanging not far from large photos of the franchise's Hall of Famers, are pictures of each of the current Orioles who have won Gold Glove awards. The organization's dedication to defense has been a key ingredient to the Orioles' resurgence over the past two seasons, and their current crop of fielders evokes memories of yesteryear's teams built on stingy defense. On Tuesday, three Orioles - shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado - won Gold Glove awards, marking the first time that three or more Orioles won in consecutive seasons since 1975 and 1976.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
The winners of the annual Gold Glove awards, the benchmark for defensive excellence for nearly 60 years, have typically been decided by the discerning eye of those who are closest to the game. Most recently, the award has been selected by a vote of major league managers and coaches. For the first time, a defensive analytic will play a role in deciding the award this year. Rawlings Sporting Goods, which awards the Gold Gloves, collaborated with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | December 5, 1990
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- The Baltimore Orioles' Cal Ripken rewrote the record book for shortstops last season, but Ozzie Guillen of the Chicago White Sox received the Gold Glove award for that position yesterday.So what does Ripken have to do to be recognized for his defensive accomplishments?"I don't know," he said. "I just have to go out and continue to make the plays I make. Granted, it's not too flashy and not too noticeable, but I still have to go out and play the way I play."Ripken made a higher percentage of them than anyone else.
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By Ruth Sadler | November 10, 1991
Baltimore Orioles fans will have three reasons to follow the first Rawlings Gold Glove Award Charity Dinner in New York Nov. 26.First, shortstop Cal Ripken seems likely to add a Gold Glove to his postseason trophy collection.Second, the centerpiece of the dinner's silent auction is a plaque with 55 Orioles baseball cards. There are Bowman and Topps cards issued between 1954 and 1984, at least one card for every season and 12 from the Orioles' inaugural season. Seven Hall of Famers are represented -- George Kell, Hoyt Wilhelm, Robin Roberts, Luis Aparicio, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Jim Palmer.
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By Dallas Morning News | October 28, 1993
DALLAS -- Precocious Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez has won his second consecutive American League Gold Glove award, major-league officials said yesterday.The award, for defensive excellence, will be officially announced in mid-November. League managers and coaches vote on the award but cannot list their team's players.Late in the season, Rodriguez said he hoped to win the award again, but acknowledged: "I haven't had a good year; I have to be better."Manager Kevin Kennedy and pitching coach Claude Osteen at times were unhappy with the way Rodriguez ran a game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2013
There's little arguing that on paper, the Orioles don't appear to be better now than they were last season, but they can still lay claim to having the best defense in baseball. ESPN's Buster Olney points this out, naming the Orioles as the best defensive team in baseball in his Top 10 defensive rankings (an ESPN Insider subscription is needed for the full article). The Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers round out the top five in Olney's rankings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
While reports out of the final day of Major League Baseball's general managers' meetings Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., said that the Orioles could explore trades involving cornerstone players J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters, the team is not actively shopping either player, according to a club source. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Wednesday night that he's met with more than half the major league clubs to gauge whether they could be trade partners, but he added that Hardy and Wieters are “core players on our ballclub.” He also met with several free-agent representatives in Orlando and made preliminary offers to multiple pitchers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 9, 2013
In conducting the Orioles' search for a new bullpen coach, manager Buck Showalter made it clear that new pitching coach Dave Wallace would play a big role in making the hire. Showalter said he saw the bullpen coach as an assistant pitching coach, and that ultimately, he wanted Wallace to make the final call on the hire. In hiring Atlanta Braves special assistant Dom Chiti, who will likely be announced early next week, the Orioles brought in a knowledgeable baseball man with whom both Showalter and Wallace are familiar.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
I have to admit that I was a bit surprised when the Orioles named Dave Wallace their new pitching coach Tuesday. And it's not because Wallace isn't exceptionally qualified - he is. He has held the position for four other organizations and was part of a World Series-champion staff in Boston in 2004 when he was the Red Sox pitching coach. And it's not because he's 66. Orioles manager Buck Showalter, 57, had a great line last night about age. “Heck, I'm an old you-know-what,” Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
We will find out tonight which Orioles win Gold Gloves. In today's edition of The Baltimore Sun, I broke down each of the six positions in which Orioles are nominated for Gold Gloves and predicted wins for third baseman Manny Machado, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy. Read more about that here . A few days ago, I also took a look at the new defensive analytic that will make up about 25 to 30 percent of the vote and will also undoubtedly affect the way the award is decided.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
Along the hallway that connects the Orioles clubhouse to the dugout, hanging not far from large photos of the franchise's Hall of Famers, are pictures of each of the current Orioles who have won Gold Glove awards. The organization's dedication to defense has been a key ingredient to the Orioles' resurgence over the past two seasons, and their current crop of fielders evokes memories of yesteryear's teams built on stingy defense. On Tuesday, three Orioles - shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado - won Gold Glove awards, marking the first time that three or more Orioles won in consecutive seasons since 1975 and 1976.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | November 6, 1992
*TC Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken probably won't look back fondly on the 1992 season, but his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove award allowed him to put a positive spin on an otherwise disappointing performance.Ripken, who was voted the American League's outstanding shortstop in a poll of the league's managers and coaches conducted by The Sporting News, received his trophy in a brief and touching ceremony yesterday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Gold Glove was presented by Mike Hirsch, a recent graduate of the Ripken Learning Center.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | November 24, 1991
The Rawlings Gold Glove awards will be announced Tuesday, and it seems almost certain that Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken finally will get one.Strange as it may seem, sometimes it takes a great offensive season to get some defensive recognition. It doesn't make a lot of sense, and it doesn't always work that way, but it happens more often than you might expect.Look for it to happen to Ripken, who was passed over in favor of Chicago White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillen last year, a year in which Ripken set a major-league record for fewest errors (three)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
During Tuesday's teleconference with the Orioles' Gold Glove Award winners , third baseman Manny Machado was asked about his left knee and his recovery from the Oct. 14 surgery in California that repaired his torn medial patellofemoral ligament. Machado had issued a statement after the surgery but hadn't been quoted directly before. There was nothing illuminating in his response Tuesday, but he sounded upbeat. “It's been going great," said Machado, who was injured Sept.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
In rebuilding the Orioles into a contender, manager Buck Showalter knew a greater priority needed to be placed on playing exceptional defense. Now, after a year during which the club set new standards for defensive excellence, the Orioles are being recognized individually for their defensive play. Six Orioles were named finalists Friday for Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. When the winners are announced Tuesday night, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones and catcher Matt Wieters will be going for their third career Gold Gloves.
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