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Three Yankees Are Up for Gold Gloves

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 14:  Left fielder Brett Gardner #11 of the New York Yankees makes a sliding catch on a ball hit by Miguel Olivo #30 in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 14, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Brett Gardner doing some glove things.

For the first time ever, ESPN2 will televise the announcement of the year's Gold Glove winners tonight. It doesn't sound like the most thrilling television, but to be fair, there won't be much else on in the way of sports. [Takes five-minute break to sob, scream at the sky.] In advance of the event, the Rawlings folks have picked three finalists at each defensive position, several of whom are Yankees. 

As noted by the LoHud Yankees Blog, three Yankees are eligible for new, shiny mitts. Mark Teixeira is up for his fourth Glove at first base along with Adrian Gonzalez of the Red Sox and Casey Kotchman of the Rays. Robinson Cano's competition for the second-base honors (which would be his second in a row) includes Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler. Brett Gardner, meanwhile, is a nominee (and, one would think, a favorite) for the left-field honors. Unless I'm mistaken, Rawlings doesn't typically distinguish between positions when selecting three outfielders. Perhaps they're still doing it that way and have simply nominated three guys from each spot, or perhaps they'll be more specific in their recognition this time around. Either way, this would be the young Gardner's first Gold Glove.

Of course, it warrants mentioning that Derek Jeter isn't even nominated this year, and rightfully so. Last season, a career-low six errors belied what advanced stats and, yes, our eyes, revealed to be a relatively meager defensive showing from an aging infielder. This year, Jeter committed twelve errors and had his worst fielding percentage since 2008, the last time he was denied a Gold Glove. So, basically, Jeter's fielding wasn't great, there's no mistaking that this time, and as a result, we'll all be spared some diatribes. Everybody wins! Except for Derek Jeter.

In any event, best of luck to the three Yankees who were nominated. May your gloves be golden.

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Photo: Otto Greule Jr/2011 Getty Images