Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina won his fourth consecutive American League Gold Glove award today, further establishing his reputation as the best fielding pitcher in the league. However, shortstop Mike Bordick, despite superior numbers and some vocal campaigning by the Orioles, lost to Cleveland's Omar Vizquel.
Rafael Palmeiro of the Texas Rangers, formerly with the Orioles, won the Gold Glove for first base, despite playing in only 28 games at the position. The Gold Gloves are voted on by league managers and coaches.
Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. won his 10th consecutive award, while Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar and Texas catcher Ivan Rodriguez each won for the eighth time. Other winners were third baseman Scott Brosius and outfielder Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees, and Toronto outfielder Shawn Green (traded on Monday to Los Angeles).
Mussina won despite being charged with his first error in nearly four years in Seattle on June 2. Seven starting pitchers had errorless seasons in 1999.
Bordick led AL shortstops in fielding percentage (.989) and total chances (789), and made six fewer errors (9) than Vizquel, who nonetheless won the award for the seventh straight season.
Orioles Notes: The agent for Orioles free agent pitcher Arthur Rhodes said he plans to speak with majority owner Peter Angelos in the next few days about a long-term contract. Dan Horwits said Rhodes would prefer to stay in Baltimore, despite filing for free agency last week. Horwits said 10 other teams have called him about Rhodes, a 30-year-old left-hander who is seeking a four-year contract.