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Ichiro wins 9th straight AL Gold Glove award

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Seattle Mariners right fielder Ichiro and Los Angeles Angels center fielder Torii Hunter received Gold Gloves for the ninth straight year in the American League on Tuesday.

Hunter and Ichiro, who won his 9th straight AL Gold Glove, are one shy of the AL record for outfielders, shared by Ken Griffey Jr. and Hall of Famer Al Kaline.

Derek Jeter won his fourth Gold Glove at shortstop, joining New York Yankees teammate and first baseman Mark Teixeira among the AL players honored for fielding excellence.

First-time winners included Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria, Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones and Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle.

Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer and Detroit second baseman Placido Polanco each earned their second award.

Rawlings has presented Gold Gloves annually since 1957. Managers and coaches vote on players in their own leagues before the regular season ends, but they may not select members of their own teams.

National League winners will be announced on Wednesday.

It's been a year to remember for Jeter, who combined with Teixeira to help lead the Yankees past Philadelphia last week for the team's 27th World Series title.

In addition to his fifth championship, Jeter also took home the Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on the field and in the community, and his second Hank Aaron Award as the AL's top hitter. In September, he broke Lou Gehrig's club record for hits.

The Gold Glove is perhaps the biggest surprise. Jeter, who turned 35 in June, enjoyed one of his best defensive seasons after years of criticism for a lack of range.

A 10-time All-Star, Jeter won three consecutive Gold Gloves from 2004-06. But detractors pointed to modern fielding stats that indicated his defense didn't warrant such accolades. They said it was his bat that brought on the attention -- and the New York spotlight.

This season, Jeter made a career-low eight errors and matched his personal best with a .986 fielding percentage, both ranking at the top of the AL charts. He anchored an outstanding Yankees infield as New York set a major league record by going 18 games without an error from May 14 to June 1.

"Playing championship-caliber baseball starts with pitching and defense, and I think those two components were certainly the foundation for our success in 2009," Jeter said.

Teixeira played a big part in New York's title, too.

In his first season with the Yankees after signing a $180 million, eight-year contract, Teixeira impressed with his reliable glove as well as his powerful bat. He saved runs with diving stops, nimble stretches and tough scoops. Teammates and opponents alike pointed to his substantial effect on the club's overall defense.

A Gold Glove winner in 2005 and '06 with Texas, Teixeira committed just four errors this year and had a .997 fielding percentage.

"Solid defense is the most underrated component of winning baseball, but it is something I have always taken pride in," Teixeira said. "Winning a third Gold Glove means a lot to me, especially when good defense helped our entire team reach the ultimate goal of a world championship."

Hunter receives a $100,000 bonus for winning the Gold Glove, while Ichiro gets $50,000. Buehrle, Longoria, Mauer and Polanco each earned $25,000.


AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.

© Wire reports

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100 Gold Gloves do not equal a World Series Ring. Looks like Ichiro will never get one as long as he stubbornly wants to play on a team where is his the only standout...

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100 Gold Gloves do not equal a World Series Ring. Looks like Ichiro will never get one as long as he stubbornly wants to play on a team where is his the only standout...

Interesting...in the old days they used to call that "loyalty to your team" and it was considered admirable.

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Ichiro is happy in his own world has nothing to do with MLB or NPB play, little advertisement is necessary and for that he is a good character.

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Like the other Japanese players, Ichiro does not speak English, so I doubt he would be able to talk his way on to another team. Brilliant player. Love watching him.

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Typical reporting....who else won the GG's?

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Jeter won, too.

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Joe Mauer and Placido Polanco won!

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Ichiro does not speak English

Actually, Ichiro speaks decent English, in private and on the field. Most American League All-Star Game players have stated that Ichiro's pre-game pep-talk in the locker room is one of the highlights of the game.

Shigetoshi Hasegawa was also a good example of a Japanese player who spoke good English.

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Congratulations Ichiro This is an outstanding individual award. I guess you can put those 9 gloves next to your Word Series ring and World Series MVP trophy. Great job Keep up the team play

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Yelnats, way off. Ichiro speaks fluent English. Johjima learned super fast too, but now he's back in Japan.

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Ichiro does not speak English

Nonsense

so I doubt he would be able to talk his way on to another team.

Even sillier

Brilliant player.

Finally some sense.

Well done to Ichiro - he is a baseball genius.

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