Gold Glove finalists announced

Dilip Vishwanat

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Every year, the coaches and managers around baseball get to vote on the Best Hitters in Baseball who Avoid Swallowing Their Glove Award, known informally as the Gold Gloves. And for the last two years, baseball has released a list of finalists, with the actual awards being presented during a televised broadcast. The 2012 Gold Gloves will be announced on Tuesday, with the winners coming from this pool of finalists:

National League
C
Yadier Molina
Miguel Montero
Carlos Ruiz

1B
Freddie Freeman
Adam LaRoche
Joey Votto

2B
Darwin Barney
Aaron Hill
Brandon Phillips

3B
Chase Headley
Aramis Ramirez
David Wright

SS
Zack Cozart
Ian Desmond
Jose Reyes
Jimmy Rollins

LF
Ryan Braun
Carlos Gonzalez
Martin Prado

CF
Michael Bourn
Andrew McCutchen
Drew Stubbs

RF
Jay Bruce
Andre Ethier
Jason Heyward

P
Bronson Arroyo
Mark Buehrle
Clayton Kershaw

American League
C
Alex Avila
Russell Martin
A.J. Pierzynski

1B
Adrian Gonzalez
Mark Teixeira
Eric Hosmer

2B
Dustin Ackley
Robinson Cano
Dustin Pedroia

3B
Adrian Beltre
Brandon Inge
Mike Moustakas

SS
Elvis Andrus
J.J. Hardy
Brendan Ryan

LF
Alex Gordon
Desmond Jennings
David Murphy

CF
Austin Jackson
Adam Jones
Mike Trout

RF
Shin-Soo Choo
Jeff Francoeur
Josh Reddick

P
Jeremy Hellickson
Jake Peavy
C.J. Wilson

After the Giants' defenders spent the World Series making Joe Buck and Tim McCarver act like Meg Ryan in a coffee shop, they were shut out from any semi-finalist spots.

The most-amusing-nominee award is a toss-up between Ian Desmond and Ryan Braun. Braun only had a shot when Raul Ibañez switched leagues, I guess.

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