Byron Buxton awarded American League Gold Glove for stellar defense

By November 8, 2017Byron Buxton
The Twins’ Byron Buxton and Brian Dozier were awarded Gold Gloves, baseball’s most prestigious defensive awards, in voting by league managers an coaches announced Tuesday.

It’s the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Minnesota player earned a Gold Glove, and the first time in a decade, since Torii Hunter and Johan Santana were honored in their final season here, that a pair of Twins won in the same year.

“For Byron, it’s recognition of what we all saw this year, the emergence of an elite defender,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “And for Brian to be recognized, I’m really happy for him. There have been a lot of great second baseman out there, so it hasn’t been easy for him to jump up and be recognized as someone who can make the high-end plays with anybody.”

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