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Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN2 announced tonight that Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was awarded the American League Rawlings Gold Glove in left field for a second consecutive season. The awards were voted on by American League managers and coaches and honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues. First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas and right fielder Jeff Francoeur were named finalists for the award yesterday, but were not selected.
Gordon becomes the first Royals player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in back-to-back seasons since second baseman Frank White in 1986-87. He joins Amos Otis (1971, 1973-74) as the only Royals outfielders to win the award on multiple occasions. Gordon finished second in Major League Baseball with 17 outfield assists, two shy of teammate Jeff Francoeur, on the heels of pacing MLB with 20 assists in 2011. He led all American League left fielders in games (160), innings (1424.1), total chances (338) and putouts (319) while committing just two errors for a .994 fielding percentage, the best in the league (min. 125 games in left field). Gordon, a former third baseman, earned his first career Gold Glove in 2011, his first full season in the outfield.
Gordon’s Gold Glove is the 20th awarded to Royals players all-time (10th different player) and the eighth to an outfielder (5th different outfielder).
Below is a list of the 20 Royals’ Rawlings Gold Glove winners:
1971 – Amos Otis (OF)
1973 – Amos Otis (OF)
1974 – Amos Otis (OF)
1977 – Al Cowens (OF), Frank White (2B)
1978 – Frank White (2B)
1979 – Frank White (2B)
1980 – Frank White (2B), Willie Wilson (OF)
1981 – Frank White (2B)
1982 – Frank White (2B)
1985 – George Brett (3B)
1986 – Frank White (2B)
1987 – Frank White (2B)
1989 – Bob Boone (C), Bret Saberhagen (P)
2000 – Jermaine Dye (OF)
2006 – Mark Grudzielanek (2B)
2011 – Alex Gordon (OF)
2012 – Alex Gordon (OF)
Voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award™ will begin tonight at 9:15 p.m. CT at www.rawlings.com, allowing the general public to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field®” in each League. Voting runs through Tuesday, November 6 at 11 p.m. CT. To determine the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners, fans can only select one player among the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League.
The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony presented by Gold Sport Collectibles on Friday, November 9, 2012, at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. In addition to the Award presentation to this year’s winners, Hank Aaron and Cal Ripken, Jr. will accept special recognition awards, and Johnny Bench will be the sixth inductee into the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Hall of Fame, joining Roberto Clemente, Jim Kaat, Willie Mays, Brooks Robinson and Ozzie Smith. Noted baseball fan Jerry Seinfeld will perform an hour-long show to end the evening’s festivities.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced finalists for the 2012 Gold Glove Awards today. First baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, left fielder Alex Gordon and right fielder Jeff Francoeur are among the three American League nominees at their respective positions!
The Royals have had 19 Gold Glove winners over the years, with Gordon winning last year in left field. Francoeur won a Gold Glove in 2007 while playing for Atlanta.
Hosmer was a part of 132 double plays, most in the American League. His 103 assists were the most by a KC first baseman since 2002.
Moustakas (above) was second among A.L. third basemen in fielding percentage, first in assists, total chances and zone rating. He led all Major League third basemen with 41 double plays. The mark set a new Royals single-season record, breaking Mark Teahen’s total of 34 in 2006.
Francoeur led the Majors with 19 outfield assists, tying his career high from 2007. This was his eighth straight season with double-digit assists.
Gordon finished second to Francoeur with 17 outfield assists.
The award winners will be announced Tuesday night at 8:30 Central on ESPN2.
A complete list of finalists can be viewed at: http://www.rawlings.com/newsdetaillanding.aspx?id=1332
Gordon has been a longtime supporter of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Beginning during his rookie season in 2007, the 28-year-old outfielder has attended Alex’s Lemonade Stand events at area Hy-Vee grocery stores, participated in public service announcements, welcomed children diagnosed with cancer out to the ballpark and visited youngsters in the hospital. The Royals and ARAMARK, the official concessionaire of Kauffman Stadium, have partnered this year to donate a portion of the proceeds from each lemonade sale at the ballpark to ASLF. It is Gordon’s involvement in the charity that helped push this initiative to fruition. Gordon also serves as a local spokesperson for ALSF.
In addition, the Lincoln, Neb., native became a big supporter of the Diamond Dawgs – a 12-and-under baseball team from his hometown that were “Playing for Pink” by donning pink jerseys to raise awareness for breast cancer after two members of the team lost their mothers to cancer. Rather than sticking with tradition by having their names across the backs of the jerseys, the Diamond Dawgs selected words such as hope, conquer and fearless in tribute of the fight against cancer.
Billy Butler was the award recipient last year. Royals recipients prior to Butler include George Brett (1980), Dennis Leonard (1986), Mike Sweeney (2007) and Mark Teahen (2009, received the award as a member of the White Sox after being traded).
Here’s the press release from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:
Congrats to Alex on his nomination!
Royals Caravan launched yesterday with an awards luncheon and last night, fans flocked to Rally House in Independence for an autograph session. We had a great turnout – the line stretched out the door (and it was a chilly night in the Midwest). Lorenzo Cain, Johnny Giavotella and Eric Hosmer led off, followed by Bruce Chen, Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier. Let’s take a look:
Today, the Royals recognized honorees for exceptional contributions on and off the field in 2011. We’ll start with photos of the media session, which took place before the event.
Top to bottom: General Manager Dayton Moore, Manager Ned Yost, 2011 Les Milgram Player of the Year Alex Gordon, 2011 Bruce Rice Pitcher of the Year Bruce Chen and 2011 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner Eric Hosmer
The Royals played another intrasquad scrimmage today as they prepare to face Texas on Sunday at 2:05 Central. That contest can be heard on 610 Sports. We also want to remind you that single-game tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 AM via royals.com, 1-800-6ROYALS, at the Kauffman Stadium box office and at local Hy-Vee stores. Opening Day tickets will not be available at Hy-Vee.
In today’s pictures, Eric Hosmer hustled home with an effort that received praise on Twitter from ESPN baseball writer Jerry Crasnick, who was in attendance.
The Royals Caravan headed to St. Joseph, Mo., and Omaha, Neb., on Thursday. Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, Frank White and John Mayberry traveled on the Caravan Bus to meet 200 fans near the salad bar at Hy-Vee in St. Joe. They went room-to-room talking with kids at the Omaha Children’s Hospital and then visited with 350 Royals fans at the Omaha Storm Chasers event.
Mitch Maier was to join the crew, but his flight was canceled during the big snow storm that blanketed Kansas City on Wednesday Night. Mitch will have to join Gordon’s homecoming to the Cornhusker state next year!
A busy news day continues…the Royals have agreed to terms with outfielder Alex Gordon (at left, hitting a walk-off home run on July 30) on a one-year contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration. Consistent with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. The deal leaves first baseman Billy Butler and right-handed pitchers Kyle Davies and Robinson Tejeda as the club’s only unsigned arbitration-eligible players.
The 26-year-old Gordon made a successful conversion from third base to the outfield in 2010. He split his campaign between Omaha and Kansas City, batting .217 with eight home runs and 20 RBI in 74 games with the Royals. Gordon was the Royals’ first-round selection (second overall) in the 2005 Draft.
The Royals will launch the 2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City as they visit fans in St. Joseph, Mo., and Omaha, Neb., on Thursday, January 20. A number of current Royals players and front office officials, as well as Royals legends, will take part in the annual Caravan event with trips to Midwestern towns throughout January.
This Caravan trip will include Royals outfielders Alex Gordon and Mitch Maier, pitcher Luke Hochevar and Royals Hall of Famers John Mayberry and Frank White. A tentative schedule of Caravan events is listed below and at royals.com/caravan.
Following the one-day trip, the club will host the marquee off-season event, Royals FanFest, taking place on January 21-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kan. The best place for fans to meet their favorite Royals, FanFest features appearances from more than 40 current, former and future players, interactive games for fans of all ages, main stage programming and much more. Additional details can be found at royals.com/fanfest.
2011 Royals Caravan presented by Fox Sports Kansas City
North Caravan Trip: Thursday, January 20
Participants: Alex Gordon, Luke Hochevar, Mitch Maier, John Mayberry, Frank White
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet at Hy-Vee – 201 N. Belt Hwy. in St. Joseph (Hosted by KFEQ Radio and St. Joseph Cablevision)
4-5 p.m.: Visit kids undergoing treatment at Omaha Children’s Hospital – 8200 Dodge St. in Omaha (Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers)
*Private event, but members of the media are welcome to attend
5:30-7:30 p.m.: Meet & Greet at Ultimate Baseball Academy – 4225 S. 121st St. in Omaha (Hosted by Omaha Storm Chasers)