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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles won’t have a Gold Glove winner

The candidates for MLB’s fielding honors were released on Thursday, and unsurprisingly, there are no Orioles in the running.

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This photo is all you need to know about the 2019 Orioles’ defense.
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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Lots of fun stuff is going on not far from Baltimore. Tonight, Washington D.C. will host a World Series game for the first time in 86 years, when guys with names like Heinie Manush, Goose Goslin, and General Crowder were in the lineup for the Washington Senators. They lost to Mel Ott’s New York Giants on Oct. 7, 1933, to lose the Series, and it’s been a long wait for the Fall Classic to return to the nation’s capital. Now the Nationals will come home to a hero’s welcome, already up two games to none over the Astros, with a chance to seal a championship in front of their own crowd this weekend.

Meanwhile, about 40 miles up the parkway, all is quiet in Birdland. The only news is that the Orioles will officially be shut out of the 2019 Gold Glove awards, as Rawlings released its list of three finalists at every position, with the winners to be announced Nov. 3.

There’s nary an Oriole to be found on the list, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who watched the club’s daily blunders with the leather. Not only were the Orioles a terrible defensive club — posting a -105 Defensive Runs Saved, worst in the major leagues — but their ever-changing lineup had very few regulars at any position. Only three Orioles played 100 or more games at a single position — Richie Martin at shortstop, Rio Ruiz at third base, and Jonathan Villar at second — and of those, only Ruiz had a positive DRS (2).

So, yeah, the O’s won’t be getting accolades for their glovework this season, nor should they. It’ll be their sixth straight year without a Gold Glover. The halcyon days of Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy, and an in-his-prime Adam Jones are long past.


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