Wells Earnes the Award for the 2nd Consecutive Yr.
Orlando Hudson and Vernon Wells recieved the 2005 American League Gold Glove Awards yesterday. It is the first time that Hudson wins the awards, while Wells captures the Gold Glove for the second consecutive year.
Hudson led all American League second basemen with a .991
fielding percentage, committing six errors in 699 total chances. His 302
putouts and 5.84 range factor also led all AL players at his position. The
27-year-old is just the second Blue Jays second baseman to be so honored,
joining Roberto Alomar who won five such awards while with Toronto (1991-
Wells earns his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove (2004-2005). The
26-year-old resident of Arlington, Texas fielded his position perfectly in
2005, going 363 total chances without an error. He established a new career
high with 12 outfield assists leading his team and ranking second in the
American League. Wells ranks alongside three other Blue Jays outfielders who
have won these awards -- Jesse Barfield (1986-1987), Devon White (1991-1995)
and Shawn Green(1999).
The other Blue Jays who have been honored by Rawlings are shortstop Tony
Fernandez(1986-1987, 1988-1989) and third baseman Kelly Gruber (1990).
Presented since 1957, the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards recognize the best
defensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues.
The winners are selected in voting by managers and coaches, who are instructed
to vote only for players from other clubs within their league.