AL Gold Glove winners

Check out ESPN.com's breakdown of the AL's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners at each position.

Updated: November 5, 2003, 5:16 PM ET
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The following is ESPN.com's breakdown of the American League's Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners at each position for the 2003 season. An AL coach who voted for the awards offers the following assessments of this year's winners:

CATCHER
Winner Times Won Analysis
Bengie
Molina
"He can block balls and throw people out. You have to get hits to score runs against him, because you're not going to steal bases. He's a deceptive son-of-a-gun. You look at him and he's not real tall or big or strong. Then you stand up close, and he's put together pretty good.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 1st in caught-stealing percentage (.444) | All AL catchers

FIRST BASE
Winner Times Won Analysis
John
Olerud

"He makes everything look easy. He's so calm and relaxed. He'll handle a ball in the dirt just like the throw up at his chest. And he's great around the bag. There's never any panic with him.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 1st in assists (125), fielding % (.998-tied) | All AL first basemen

SECOND BASE
Winner Times Won Analysis
Bret
Boone
"I didn't vote for Boone this year. I voted for Adam Kennedy, because he made some great plays against us and I happened to catch Bret when he made a couple of errors. But Boone is an outstanding defensive second baseman. He's quick on double plays and he can throw from all angles. His upper body is bigger now, but he still moves around pretty good.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 1st in fielding % (.990-tied) | All AL second basemen

SHORTSTOP
Winner Times Won Analysis
Alex
Rodriguez
"He's got some range, a great arm and he doesn't make many mistakes. He controls the infield, too. The thing I like most about him is he plays hard all the time. He has a tremendous amount of pride in the way he goes about his business.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 1st in fielding percentage (.989) | All AL shortstops

THIRD BASE
Winner Times Won Analysis
Eric
Chavez

"He was like a vacuum against us. In every key situation, he was where the ball was. He doesn't always look as sure-handed as you'd like to see, but he absolutely makes the plays. And to be honest, there's not a lot of competition there at third.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 1st in assists (343), putouts (125), total chances (482) | All AL 3Bs

OUTFIELD
Winner Times Won Analysis
Mike
Cameron
"That's a big park in Seattle, but Cameron can flat out cover some ground. You really have to work to get a ball over his head. He throws pretty well, too. If you voted by position, I'd take Garret Anderson in left. He plays shallow, and it has to be a pea for you to get a base hit against that guy. You don't see any bloopers falling in front of him.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 1st among AL OF in putouts (485), total chances (492) | All AL CFs

OUTFIELD
Winner Times Won Analysis
Torii
Hunter

"He plays the fence as good as anybody in the game, and he makes it easy on the right and left fielders. Two years ago he made a highlight film play every night. There's no question Torii can go get 'em. Another guy who really impressed me in center this year was Vernon Wells in Toronto. He's got this natural glide to him that's pretty amazing to watch. You'll think a ball is in the gap and it doesn't look like he's running that hard, but he's got it timed.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 3rd among AL OF in putouts (425), total chances (434) | All AL CFs

OUTFIELD
Winner Times Won Analysis
Ichiro
Suzuki

"He goes toward the line or in the gap as good as anybody. There were balls in the corner where I'd say, 'It's a double' off the bat,' and he'd come out of nowhere to catch it. He's so graceful out there, he can go in, out and to both sides equally well. You never see him make a mistake. He's not afraid of walls. Plus, he can really throw. He puts a lot of pressure on third-base coaches.''
-- AL coach
Stats: 3rd among AL OF in assists (12) | All AL RFs

PITCHER
Winner Times Won Analysis
Mike
Mussina


"He helps his game tremendously with his defense. He's tough to bunt on, and he's like an extra good fielder for his team. I'm a big believer in him.''
-- AL coach
Stats: One of 10 pitchers with 1.000 fielding % | All AL pitchers

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