This was supposed to be the start of Mike Trout's awards party, but it didn't go as planned. The Angels center fielder came up empty in his first bid for a Gold Glove on Tuesday night, losing out to Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles for the American League award. Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson also lost, with Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox and Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays sharing the award. In the NL, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and right fielder Andre Ethier were also finalists, but they lost to Mark Buehrle of the Miami Marlins and Jason Heyward of the Atlanta Braves, respectively. The Gold Glove awards are determined by voting of managers and coaches. Trout, who will be up for Rookie of the Year and MVP later this month, seemed to have a good shot at the Gold Glove because of his highlight-reel plays and a general buzz about his rookie season. A couple of factors might have hurt him, though. First, it's an award that is at least partly based on reputation, because it takes some time for managers to appreciate a player's defense. Just four rookies have won Gold Gloves in the 56-year history of the award: outfielder Ichiro Suzuki (2001), catcher Charles Johnson (1995), catcher Johnny Bench (1968) and third baseman Frank Malzone (1957).
Trout comes up empty in Gold Glove voting
Orange County Register | Oct 31