Orlando Hudson can join an elite list of defenders that includes one of his bosses, Diamondbacks partner Matt Williams, when the National League Gold Glove awards are announced today.
Williams is one of five infielders in major league history who have won Gold Gloves in both leagues, and one of four who did it in his first season in a new league.
The other four two-league winners were Bret Boone, J.T. Snow, Robin Ventura and Omar Vizquel.
After his first season with the D-Backs, Hudson can become the first second baseman in history to win back-to-back Gold Gloves in different leagues today.
AL winners were announced Thursday: Detroit's battery of Kenny Rogers and Ivan Rodriguez, New York shortstop Derek Jeter, Toronto outfielder Vernon Wells, Texas first baseman Mark Teixeira, Kansas City second baseman Mark Grudzielanek, Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, Minnesota outfielder Torii Hunter and Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez.
Hudson received his first Gold Glove in Toronto last season, when he led the AL in fielding percentage and total chances while committing only six errors.
Hudson is considered the NL favorite despite 13 errors this season, because he led the NL in chances, has great range and led the majors in double plays.
“When you get to that many balls, range-wise, you are going to try to make plays and throw some balls away," D-Backs manager Bob Melvin said late in the regular season. "If you are just looking at defense, I don’t think there is a better one.” Earlier this week, Hudson was named the best defensive second baseman in the major leagues by a panel of experts commissioned by The Fielding Bible, a statistical guide to defense.
Colorado’s Jamey Carroll had the fewest errors (three) among NL second basemen this season but was not a regular all year. Houston’s Craig Biggio committed six errors but was removed for defensive purposes at times.
San Diego’s Josh Barfield committed only nine errors but handled 150 fewer chances than Hudson.
SHORT HOPS: The D-Backs signed Cuban defector Yunesky Sanchez, a shortstop, to a minor league contract worth $40,000, Baseball America reported.