Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford win Gold Glove awards

ST. PETERSBURG — Ever since Carl Crawford got a chance, as an awestruck high schooler, to see the Gold Glove award sitting in outfielder Devon White's house, he wanted one of his own.

"I just like the way it looked," he said.

As Crawford starred during most of his 8½ seasons in leftfield for the Rays, he grew to covet what it meant, too — the honor of being named the best defensive player at your position — and increasingly frustrated to be excluded.

Now as he leaves the Rays as a free agent, Crawford finally has his own, named Tuesday, along with third baseman Evan Longoria, who won his second straight.

"I was so happy when my agent called and told me, I couldn't believe it," Crawford said on a conference call. "I figured it would be a long shot again. I was hoping that I won it. I really wanted to win it. But when you've been waiting so long, you just never know."

Longoria, 25, said winning a second straight Gold Glove — only two third basemen have done so at a younger age, Brooks Robinson and Eric Chavez — felt just as good as the first.

"It's still an awesome achievement and something I'm very proud of," he said on a conference call. "It's one thing … going into the year I really focus on, and to be able to see the fruits of your labor pay off, it's a gratifying feeling."

The awards are voted on by the league managers and coaches (who can't pick their own players), with all outfielders lumped together and three chosen. With Crawford and Seattle's Franklin Gutierrez winning their first (and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki winning his 10th), the Angels' Torii Hunter — Crawford's close friend — was denied his 10th. "I finally got one from him," Crawford cracked.

Crawford's victory may have been a product of his performance this season as well as the voters finally acknowledging his body of work. "I think it's a combination of both," he said. "People paying more attention to it and obviously I had to do my part on the field — I think I played a pretty good leftfield this year."

Longoria said he was glad to see Crawford finally get his, that "he probably should have won it a lot more times."

That Crawford will no longer be playing behind him hasn't sunk in yet, Longoria said, and probably won't until he signs. "It's going to be sad to see, but wherever he goes and whatever he gets, he's deserving of that."

Crawford's destination may not be clear for a while, with a half-dozen teams (including the Angels, Red Sox, Nationals and Tigers) said to be lining up to make offers likely to exceed $100 million over six or seven years.

Thus far, Crawford said the plan is to take free agency slowly, with little info yet from agent Brian Peters. "We're just kind of waiting around to see what's going to happen," Crawford said. "We're not like rushing or nothing."

But he knows exactly where his Gold Glove is going:

"Right in the middle of my living room."

Marc Topkin can be reached at

AL Gold Glove winners

Pitcher — Mark Buehrle,

White Sox

Catcher — Joe Mauer, Twins

1B — Mark Teixeira, Yankees

2B — Robinson Cano, Yankees

3B — Evan Longoria, Rays

SS — Derek Jeter, Yankees

OF — Carl Crawford, Rays

OF — Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners

OF — Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

NL Gold Glove awards are scheduled to be announced today.

Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, Carl Crawford win Gold Glove awards 11/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:23am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Longest home run at Trop and Erasmo Ramirez's pitching doom Rays (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem was, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take CF Kevin Kiermaier long to make his presence felt during his return Friday to the Rays lineup. Kiermaier pretended to have Mariners DH Nelson Cruz's first-inning line drive lined up even as the ball went past him to his right and to the wall.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    6:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    This is a 2017 photo of Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.

    And its members were disappointed.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is thrown for a 1-yard loss as he is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JVS102
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day


    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.