one old, one new … Gloves of Gold

Congrats to Ichiro on his TENTH!

Congrats to Guti on his FIRST!

Amidst the abyss that was the 2010 season, there was a slight bit of joy – and these two were part of it.

On a scale of one to ten…

No team in Major League Baseball has had more Rawlings Gold Glove winners over the past two decades than the Seattle Mariners, and that trend continued Tuesday with the selection of outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez to the 2010 American League team.Ichiro won his 10th consecutive Gold Glove and Gutierrez earned his first such honor, as announced by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company and MLB.The Mariners have now had a least one Gold Glove winner for 24 straight seasons, easily the longest active streak in the Majors. The next-longest current streak is Minnesota with 10.


Ichiro’s run of 10 straight Gold Gloves from 2001-10 ties him for the Mariners’ record set by Ken Griffey Jr. from 1990-99. Ichiro also won seven straight Gold Gloves in Japan for the Orix Blue Wave from 1994-2000.

Ichiro became just the 16th player in Major League history to win 10 Gold Gloves and the first to do so in his first 10 seasons.

Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays (12 each) are the only outfielders with more than 10.

Gutierrez is at the other end of the spectrum, winning his first Gold Glove after becoming the first Major League outfielder to post an error-less season with more than 400 total fielding chances.Gutierrez, 27, was perfect in 415 opportunities in center field — 413 putouts and two assists — to break the old mark of 396 errorless chances by Curt Flood in 1966.

He has now played 190 straight games and handled 542 consecutive plays without an error over two seasons.

Ichiro posted a .989 fielding percentage with just four errors in 365 chances in right field, where he led the league in putouts, total chances and innings played while finishing third in fielding percentage and fourth in assists.