Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, first baseman Eric Hosmer, and catcher Salvador Perez all repeated this year as American League Gold Glove winners.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar was the teams fourth nominee for a Gold Glove, but that position’s prize was won by repeat winner J.J. Hardy of the Orioles. Lorenzo Cain was thought by many to be deserving, but wasn’t even nominated by the selection group.
Gordon started his string of Gold Gloves in 2011, his first full season as an outfielder. His 61 outfield assists since 2011 are the most in the Major Leagues. He made just two errors in 351 chances. Hosmer is the only Kansas City first baseman to win a gold glove, and the first A.L. first baseman to win back-to-back awards since the Yankees’ Mark Teixeira in 2009-10. Despite missing a month with a broken hand, Hosmer still was second in total chances with 1,141 and made just 10 errors. Perez was renowned for his defensive abilities from the moment he arrived in the Majors, picking off two baserunners in his 2011 debut against Tampa Bay. This season, he led all catchers with four pickoffs, and he nailed 23 would-be basestealers. Playing a club-record 146 games behind the plate, Perez’s 161 games caught including the postseason were the most ever by a Major League catcher. In the regular season, he was second in putouts with 1,037 and third in assists with 72. Gordon, Hosmer and Perez are now eligible for the Platinum Glove Award — which is given to the best overall defender in each league. Those results will be announced on Friday.