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Mark Buehrle locked up Gold Glove Award on Opening Day (Video)

It should come as no surprise that Mark Buehrle was awarded his second consecutive American League Gold Glove Award on Tuesday afternoon.  No, I’m not just saying that because his wife let the cat out of the bag with her congratulatory message on Facebook.  Rather, Buehrle was unequivocally the best defensive pitcher in the American League in 2010, just as he was when he won the same award in 2009.

Oh yeah, and there was also that spectacular play on Opening Day.

Nearly a week ago, Buehrle decisively captured his second straight Fielding Bible Award, voted upon by such prominent baseball writers as Peter Gammons and Joe Posnanski.  The award – which takes into account far more relevant statistics than just the one-dimensional categories of fielding percentage and errors  – is regarded as an accurate indicator of the following week’s potential Gold Glove recipients.

Just one glance at Buehrle’s defensive accomplishments in 2010 makes it abundantly clear why he was recognized for both honors:

  • Recorded 46 assists
  • Only 12 runners attempted to steal; only 6 of those 12 were successful
  • Committed 0 errors for the third time in his career

However, the argument can be made that Buehrle locked up both of the awards with his jaw-dropping play on Opening Day of the 2010 season.  In case you missed it, here is a clip of what is widely considered to be both the play of the year, and one of the greatest plays by a pitcher in modern history:

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After the 2009 season, Buehrle joined Jim Kaat (’74-’75) as the only White Sox pitchers to receive the Gold Glove Award.  Now, with his second one officially in the books, Buehrle has once again engraved his name in White Sox history.

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