It wasn't surprising, but Ichiro Suzuki inched a bit closer to the Hall of Fame today by winning his 10th consecutive Gold Glove award at age 37 to join outfielders like Roberto Clemente, Willie Mays and Ken Griffey Jr.
His teammate, center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, won his first.
Seattle's two outfielders were voted the award, sponsored by Rawlings, by American League managers and coaches. Ichiro became the sixth outfielder ever to win as many as 10 - Mays and Clemente hold the record with 12. He has something of an impossible trifecta going: he's collected 200 or more hits 10 times, been a 10-time All-Star and now a 10-time Gold Glover.
If the Mariners dominated the outfield voting, the Yankees owned the infield - first baseman Mark Texeira, second baseman Robinson Cano and shortstop Derek Jeter all won gold.
The Mariners said Ichiro was flying today and unavailable, and Gutierrez, at home in Venezuela, couldn't be reached.
Here's the list of winners:
- Catcher: Joe Mauer, Twins
- First base: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
- Second base: Robison Cano, Yankees
- Third base: Evan Longoria, Rays
- Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees
- Outfield: Carl Crawford, Rays
- Outfield: Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
- Outfield: Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
- Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, White Sox