Manny Machado won his second Gold Glove award at third base in the last three years. Machado, who also won the award in 2013 as well as the Platinum Glove for the American League’s best fielder, beat out Texas’ Adrian Beltre and Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria.
“To this day I’m still learning,” Machado said in a Tuesday evening conference call.
A year after his second knee surgery in as many years, Machado says the award gives him special satisfaction.
“It gives me that little token of all the hard work I put into it, and all the hard work I put into the last couple of years,” Machado said. “It just made me push harder. It was a great journey, something that I really enjoyed, the whole process of getting back to where I could compete.”
Machado led AL third basemen in total chances, double plays, range factor per nine innings as well as range factor per game. He was second in assists and putouts and fourth in zone rating.
He singled out third base coach Bobby Dickerson for special praise
“The main part is Bobby D. for pushing me every day and helping me be the best position player, best third baseman I can be,” Machado said. “We get into a lot of fights, but he always wants the best for me.”
He committed 19 errors in 2015, six more than he made in 2013. This year, he became the only player to appear in all 162 games.
“Playing in all 162 gives me the opportunity to win the Gold Glove,” Machado said. Winning the Gold Glove gives me the opportunity to play all 162 games. I’m definitely going to try to do it again next year.”
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Machado is the second third baseman in Orioles history to win multiple Gold Glove awards. Brooks Robinson won 16.
He’s a great admirer of Robinson, and greeted him warmly when he stopped by the Orioles clubhouse before a game in September.
“He’s one of the greatest third basemen of all time,” Machado said. “It’s an honor to be in the conversation with a person like that, very, very respected.”
The Orioles have won Gold Gloves in each of the last five seasons, the second-longest streak in club history. In the previous four, they had multiple winners.
Seventy-one Gold Gloves have been won by 17 different Orioles, the most in the American League. The awards were established in 1957.
NOTE: As expected, no Orioles are among the finalists for Most Valuable Player, Cy Young award, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year.