Jeter, Teixeira bring home Gold Gloves
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira were announced today as American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. This is the fourth for Jeter and the third for Teixeira.
Here’s what Jeter and Tex said in statements released by the Yankees:
Derek Jeter: “I’ve said it time and time again, playing championship-caliber baseball starts with pitching and defense, and I think those two components were certainly the foundation for our success in 2009. I’ve always taken a great deal of pride in my defense, and being honored with a Gold Glove is an accomplishment I will never overlook.
“I also want to congratulate and recognize Mark Teixeira on his well-deserved achievement.”
Mark Teixeira: “Solid defense is the most underrated component of winning baseball, but it is something I have always taken pride in. Winning a third Gold Glove means a lot to me, especially when good defense helped our entire team reach the ultimate goal of a World Championship.”
Here is the complete list of AL Gold Glovers. NL awards come out Wednesday:
C Joe Mauer
1B Mark Teixeira
2B Placido Polanco
3B Evan Longoria
SS Derek Jeter
OF Torii Hunter
OF Ichiro Suzuki
OF Adam Jones
P Mark Buehrle