Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Hellickson to have golden moment today
Posted Apr 7, 2013 by Roy Cummings
Updated Apr 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM
BY ROY CUMMINGS
ST. PETERSBURG – Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson has retired the black game-day glove he used while earning the gold one that defines his status as the slickest fielding pitcher in the AL last season.
“Yeah, I took that one out of circulation,’’ Hellickson said. “I haven’t really done anything with it. It’s just kind of sitting there in my basement, waiting for the trophy to join it.’’
The wait is over. Hellickson, who actually tied White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy in the balloting for the award, finally received his 2012 Gold Glove trophy prior to the start of Sunday’s game against the Indians.
At 25, Hellickson became the youngest pitcher to win a Gold Glove since Bret Saberhagen, also 25, won one for the Royals in 1989, and the first to win it within three seasons of reaching the major leagues.
The 2011 AL Rookie of the Year also became only the second pitcher in history, joining Fernando Valenazuela of the Dogders, to win both Rookie of the Year and a Gold Glove in his career.
“I watched Greg Maddux (18 Gold Gloves) win all of them, so I’m really honored to win it,’’ Hellickson said. “It’s something I wasn’t expecting, but it’s an awesome award to win and a real cool looking trophy.’’