It was a goal for Robinson Cano from the time he arrived in Tampa for Spring Training in February. And, really, more than likely since last November.
"I would like to win a Gold Glove one day," Cano said one day in the clubhouse at Steinbrenner Field. “I don't put that in my mind, but I'm not going to lie; anybody would like to have one.”
Tuesday afternoon Cano got his first.
Derek Jeter was also awarded his fifth Gold Glove and Mark Teixeira won his fourth. Both won last year.
Many thought the 28-year-old Cano should have won one in 2009 as well. Instead the award went to Placido Polanco of the Tigers.
This season Cano led the AL with a .996 fielding percentage at second base – committing just three errors in 776 total chances. He set a franchise record with 81 consecutive errorless games at second from April 23-July 26.
“There's no question he's the best second baseman in baseball," Alex Rodriguez said several times this season, while also pushing for Cano as the MVP.
Teixeira thought Cano was baseball’s best second baseman in 2009 and his opinion never changed this season.
“To me,” Teixeira said in June. “What I’ve seen the last two years, he’s the best second baseman I’ve ever played with or against."