If there weren’t enough reasons to keep Mark Buehrle, he just added another one to the list. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award Tuesday night. Buehrle is a long way from the record held by Greg Maddux, but three in a row at a position where you see most guys duck at any ball hit near them is impressive.
Buehrle is the first White Sox pitcher in team history to win three Gold Glove Awards and the first White Sox player to win three in a row since new manager Robin Ventura did it from 1991-93. Jim Kaat is the only other pitcher in team history to win more than one. Buehrle beat out finalists Dan Haren from the Angels and the Indians’ Fausto Carmona.
His stats fielding included one error, 40 assists, six pickoffs, and a .982 fielding percentage. He also took home the Fielding Bible Award, which is given to one player at each position from both leagues and is voted on by ten experts including Peter Gammons and Bill James.
No other White Sox players won a Gold Glove, but A.J. Pierzynski was listed as a finalist at catcher. Buehrle could win his fourth if he continues his stellar play. The question will be where he wins it.