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Brendan Ryan somehow comes up short in bid for Gold Glove

The 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday evening and Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan was not among the winners. It's disappointing because there is little doubt that Ryan is simply the best  defensive shortstop not just in the American League, but in all of baseball. It's not surprising when you look at past Gold Glove Awards. In the past, it seems as though offensive statistics have crept into the voting process.

How is it voted on?  Each manager and up to six (6) coaches on his staff voted from a pool of qualified players in their League, and were not able to vote for players on their own team.

J.J. Hardy is a very good defensive shortstop, but in my opinion Ryan was better.

In what I believe is the most definitive defensive measure, Ryan was the best defensive shortstop.  He had the highest UZR and UZR/150. He was third in fielding percentage. Hardy was first. Baseball-Reference uses a few other metrics. Ryan led in runs saved at 27.

You'd like to think the fact that Ryan hit .194 this season didn't play into an award that is supposed to be based solely on defensive prowess. But I think we know that likely isn't true.

Either way, he had a great defensive season.

American League

P —Jeremy Hellickson, Tampa Bay and Jake Peavy, Chicago White Sox

C — Matt Wieters, Baltimore

1B — Mark Teixeira, N.Y. Yankees

2B — Robinson Cano, N.Y. Yankees

SS — J.J. Hardy, Baltimore

3B — Adrian Beltre, Texas

LF — Alex Gordon, Kansas City

CF — Adam Jones, Baltimore

RF — Josh Reddick, Oakland

National League

P — Mark Buehrle, Miami

C — Yadier Molina, St. Louis

1B — Adam LaRoche, Washington

2B — Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs

SS — Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia

3B — Chase Headley, San Diego

LF — Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado

CF — Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

RF — Jason Heyward, Atlanta