Even in as disastrous a season as the Seattle Mariners just had, baseball found gold on a roster that lost 101 games – Gold Gloves, anyway.
To the surprise of few, Ichiro Suzuki won his eighth consecutive Gold Glove for excellence in outfield defense, and third baseman Adrian Beltre won for the second consecutive year.
General manager Jack Zduriencik left the meetings long before the official announcement, but the media friendly excutive played along with the local media when we asked for his thoughts.
"It's great to have two Gold Glovers in our lineup and I'm happy for them," he said – a good long time before the winners were announced.
Joking, I asked what he'd like to be quoted as saying in the event neither won, and he laughed.
"Then I congratulate the winners," Zduriencik said.
So, congrats to Ichiro and Beltre. And thanks, Jack.
For a complete list of the winners, here's a link.