Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was awarded his first Gold Glove on Tuesday, making him the team’s second Golden Glove outfielder after Paul Blair who won eight.
The good news for Jones is that every Orioles Gold Glover – there are 12 others – has won the award more than once. And for multiple Gold Glove winners in Baltimore, consecutive wins are the norm.
Only Luis Aparicio, Blair, Mark Belanger, and Roberto Alomar won multiple Gold Gloves in non-consecutive fashion. The team’s other winners are Cal Ripken Jr., Brooks Robinson, Davey Johnson, Bobby Grich, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Mike Mussina, and Rafael Palmeiro.
(See the detailed list of O’s winners here.)
Blair set a high bar for Jones in the outfield; coming into today’s announcement his career Gold Glove total trailed only five other outfielders: Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays (12 each), Ken Griffey Jr., Andruw Jones, and Al Kaline (10 each).
However, Torii Hunter and Ichiro each earned their ninth Gold Glove on Tuesday, bumping Blair down on the list.
As for the team record, that bar isn’t even in sight for Jones. Only pitchers Greg Maddux (18) and Jim Kaat (16) have equaled or exceeded Robinson‘s 16 career Gold Gloves, which he earned at third base for the Orioles every year from 1960 through 1975.
However, Jones is already halfway to Ripken‘s two Gold Gloves, earned in 1991 and 1992.
At second base, Alomar (1996 and 1998) won two of his 10 Gold Gloves while wearing the orange and black. Alomar’s career total is tops among all second baseman, one better than Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs.
See The Sun’s story about Jones’ award here.