Yankees' Jeter, Cano, Teixeira win Gold Gloves
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Derek Jeter finally spoke Tuesday. About winning a fifth Gold Glove.
It was Teixeira's fourth Gold Glove and the first for Cano, a goal for the second baseman since losing out to Placido Polanco of the Tigers last year.
"It is a tremendous honor to receive the Gold Glove Award, especially since this recognition comes from managers and coaches for whom I have a great deal of respect," Jeter said in a statement. "It is particularly gratifying to be recognized for defense, as it is something I take a lot of pride in and am constantly working to improve."
Those were the first words from Jeter, a free agent whose contract situation has dominated the offseason, since after the Yankees' Game 6 ALCS loss.
Jeter, 36, is expected to re-sign, as is Mariano Rivera, but the talks will be a slow process.
The Yankees are one of eight teams, and the first since the 2002 Cardinals, to have three Gold Glove winners in the same infield.
Jeter, though he led AL shortstops with a .989 fielding percentage - making a league-low six errors at the position - was probably the most controversial selection. The same scouts who noted his improved fielding in 2009 consistently mentioned a decrease in range, especially toward the middle, in 2010.
Cano discussed his goal of winning a Gold Glove shortly after arriving in Tampa, Fla., for spring training. "I don't put that in my mind," he said then, "but I'm not going to lie; anybody would like to have one."
Many thought Cano, 28, should have won one in 2009.
"Winning the Gold Glove Award along with my teammates Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter is an honor," Cano said. "It's a great feeling . . . This is an award I've worked for since becoming a major leaguer.''
Cano became an MVP candidate by hitting .319 with a .381 on-base percentage and a career-best 29 home runs and 109 RBIs. He led AL second basemen with a .996 fielding percentage, making only three errors in 776 chances. He set a club record with 81 consecutive errorless games at second from April 23-July 26.
Cano wowed the Yankees throughout the season. Manager Joe Girardi repeatedly called Cano the best he's ever seen at getting to balls up the middle, and no one executed a quicker transfer on double-play balls.
"To me," Teixeira said this season, "what I've seen the last two years, he's the best second baseman I've ever played with or against."