Stratford alum Matt Wieters was awarded the American League Gold Glove for catchers on Tuesday night, his 2nd straight year winning the honor. He was 1 of 3 Orioles to win the award along with SS J.J. Hardy and OF Adam Jones
"We're so proud of these guys,'' manager Buck Showalter said. "When you look at the consistency of these three guys - the number of games they played and the level that they held themselves to every night out there - not only did they make us better, but they made their teammates better.''
Wieters led the league in defensive games (134) and putouts (994), ranked second in runners caught stealing (32) and range factor per game (7.81) and was third in caught stealing percentage (38.6). His 994 putouts were the third most in AL history for a catcher and the most since Jorge Posada had 996 for the Yankees in 2001.
"It's a huge honor and something to where it's great to be thought of defensively as one of the best catchers out there," Wieters told the Orioles website. He's the only Orioles catcher to receive a Gold Glove. "To win it back-to-back is a great honor. I take a lot of pride in my defense and in working hard and getting better, and I think what we were able to do this season showed we were able to do that."