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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Loney, Zo, Escobar, Longo learn tonight if they’ve won Gold Gloves
Posted Oct 29, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 09:31 AM
All four of the Rays infielders are finalists for Gold Glove Awards, which will be presented at 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN2.
Third baseman Evan Longoria could win his third Gold Glove, while first baseman James Loney, second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar are vying for their first Gold Gloves.
Together they combined for a major league-low 29 errors.
Escobar led all major league shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage, while Zobrist led AL second basemen in fielding with a .993 percentage.
Here are the AL finalists at the four infield spots:
1B – Loney; Chris Davis, Orioles; Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B – Zobrist; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
3B – Longoria; Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Manny Machado, Orioles
SS – Escobar; Alcides Escobar, Royals; J.J. Hardy, Orioles
Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson won the award last season. First baseman Carlos Peña (2008), left fielder Carl Crawford (2010) and Longoria (2009 and 2010) also won Gold Gloves.