Jeter wins second straight Gold Glove

Jeter wins second straight Gold Glove Award

NEW YORK -- It took Derek Jeter nine years to capture his first Gold Glove Award. He didn't have to wait nearly as long to win his second.

Jeter was awarded his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove on Tuesday, adding another piece of hardware to his impressive trophy case.

Last season, Jeter became the first Yankees shortstop to win the award, giving the Bombers a Gold Glover at every position in their history.

"I know I said it last year, but winning the Gold Glove -- for the second consecutive season -- is extremely gratifying," said Jeter in a statement released by the club. "Defense usually doesn't make many headlines, but it goes a long way toward winning baseball games.

"There are a number of ways to make an impact during the course of a game, and playing solid, sound defense is one of them," he added. "To be recognized with a Gold Glove -- with so many other worthy shortstops in our league -- is an accomplishment I hold with great honor."

The Yankees have now had 20 players win a total of 56 Gold Glove Awards, led by Don Mattingly's 10 at first base.

"I'm very proud of Derek Jeter," said George Steinbrenner, speaking through his publicist, Howard Rubenstein. "He's a great leader and a great captain, and he deserves every honor he wins. He truly works hard for the Yankees and for our fans."

"Good for him," said general manager Brian Cashman. "He works hard at his defense, he's gotten better and better, and now he's got two. Hopefully, there are many more to come."

Jeter's .979 fielding percentage was the third highest of his career, trailing only the .986 he posted in 1998 and .981 from 2004. The shortstop committed 15 errors, two more than last season.

The Angels' Orlando Cabrera was the only shortstop with a better fielding percentage (.988) and fewer errors (seven) than Jeter.

But Jeter had 454 assists this season, his highest total since 1997, when he had 455. Last season, Jeter collected 392 assists. Cabrera had 347, 107 fewer than Jeter. Only Baltimore's Miguel Tejada (479) had more assists than Jeter.

Alex Rodriguez, a two-time Gold Glover at shortstop, did not win his first award as a third baseman, as the voters chose Oakland's Eric Chavez, who has now captured five straight Gold Gloves.

The other winners in the American League were Texas' Kenny Rogers and Mark Teixeira, Boston's Jason Varitek, Toronto's Orlando Hudson and Vernon Wells, Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki and Minnesota's Torii Hunter.

Rawlings established the Gold Glove Award to recognize the best fielders at each position. Managers and coaches of each team vote for the best defensive players in their league, excluding their own team.

The first Rawlings Gold Gloves were awarded to one player at each position across both leagues in 1957. Since 1958, the award has been presented annually to a lineup of nine players for both the American and National leagues.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.