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Walker, Cedeno Gold Glove finalists


Are the Pirates about to let a Gold Glove winner walk out the door? Possibly. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is among three finalists for a NL Glove Glove Award, which will be awarded Tuesday night. This morning, the Pirates opted not to pick up Cedeno’s $3 million contract option for 2012, making him a free agent. Cedeno ranked fourth in the NL with a career-best .978 fielding percentage. He strung together 45 mistake-free games (44 at shortstop, one at second) from April 16 through June 9. Neil Walker also is a finalist for a Gold Glove. Walker this season led NL second basemen with a .992 fielding percentage and ended the season with a 56-game errorless streak.

Here are the finalists, according to an ESPN release:

AL pitcher: Mark Buehrle, White Sox; Dan Haren, Angels; Fausto Carmona, Indians. NL pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers; Kyle Lohse, Cardinals.

AL catcher: Matt Wieters, Orioles; A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox; Alex Avila, Tigers. NL catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals; Brian McCann, Braves; Carlos Ruiz, Phillies.

AL first baseman: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox; Casey Kotchman, Rays; Mark Teixeira, Yankees. NL first baseman: Joey Votto, Reds; Gaby Sanchez, Marlins; James Loney, Dodgers.

AL second baseman: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Ian Kinsler, Rangers. NL second baseman: Brandon Phillips, Reds; Walker; Omar Infante, Marlins

AL shortstop: Erick Aybar, Angels; J.J. Hardy, Orioles; Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians. NL shortstop: Cedeno; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies; Alex Gonzalez, Braves.

AL third baseman: Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox; Evan Longoria, Rays. NL third baseman: Placido Polanco, Phillies; Daniel Descalso, Cardinals; Pablo Sandoval, Giants.

AL left fielder: Alex Gordon, Royals: Brett Gardner, Yankees; Sam Fuld, Rays. NL left fielder: Gerardo Parra, D’backs; Ryan Braun, Brewers; Matt Holliday, Cardinals.

AL center fielder: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox; Austin Jackson, Tigers; Peter Bourjos, Angels. NL center fielder: Matt Kemp, Dodgers; Shane Victorino, Phillies; Chris Young, D’backs.

AL right fielder: Nick Markakis, Orioles; Torii Hunter, Angels; Jeff Francoeur, Royals. NL right fielder: Andre Ethier, Dodgers; Carlos Beltran, Mets/Giants; Jay Bruce, Reds.



  1. Ryan(Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Awesome way to dump a gold glove finalist….

  2. Ron says:

    The cheap get cheaper! Please sell Nutting!!!

  3. Ron says:

    MLB is the biggest con game in town. 2/3 of the teams have little to no chance to win it all. They are AAAA teams for the rich 1/3. But hey owners like Nutting still turn a nice profit. Just keep that payroll low and bank off TV and Luxury tax money. Step right up Bucco fans, part with your money and support your team because we aim to be the best in 2012! Sure you do!!

  4. joel says:

    I can see it now, Cedeno is free and will sign for 5-7 million a year. I dreaded when he came up as he was a near sure out. Good-riddance!!!

  5. Randy says:

    Frank Coonelly says we don’t need no stinkin’ salary cap. If I had his lifestyle, I’d say the same thing.

  6. Baseball Is Dead says:

    We don’t have a real shortstop or a staff ace, but we’ve got a veteran trainer at least. This is Huntington’s best off-season yet!

  7. joel says:

    I am shocked, the lean mean hitting machine and possible gold glover is still a free agent. What is wrong with 15-20 GMs, don’t they see what the local yhinzers see????

  8. joel says:

    Yo Ronny Cedeno, its friday night and you are still in limbo or doing the limbo. My two least liked coaches are Tony Larussia and Bill Belicheat.

  9. Broadway Franny Rose says:

    Hey, Dejan, Cole just got lit up for five runs in two-thirds of an inning in the AFL. Still love him?

  10. Jay Walker says:

    I hope Biertempel wasn’t too close to Jerry Sandusky, if you know what I mean.

  11. Carol says:

    Alvarez, Cole and Allie look like busts. Hey, let’s give Huntington a contract extension and a raise.

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