Here may be another reason that Brian Cashman is comfortable with Brett Gardner in the Yankees house, the speedy left fielder earned an honor as top defensive left fielder in baseball. Gardner was the only Yankee given the award which isn’t separated from the league. Gardner earned six of 10 first place votes with the other four being for second place. It was just enough to beat out free agent Carl Crawford for the award.
Gardner led all the left fielders in 2010 with a 22.3 Ultimate Zone Rating. Gardner’s defense saved approximately 13 runs during the season.
Mark Teixeira finished the race in fourth in his position to winner Daric Barton (Oakland Athletics). Also nominated in that category for 1B was Albert Pujols (St. Louis Cardinals) and Ike Davis (New York Mets).
Robinson Cano only had four votes in the ballot in the top four while Derek Jeter never got a vote.
Here is the all-defensive team winners from both the American League and National League:
1B- Daric Barton (Oakland Athletics)
2B- Chase Utley (Philadelphia Phillies)
3B- Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays)
SS- Troy Tulowitzki (Colorado Rockies)
LF- Brett Gardner (New York Yankees)
CF- Michael Bourn (Houston Astros)
RF- Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle Mariners)
C- Yaider Molina (St. Louis Cardinals)
P- Mark Buehrle (Chicago White Sox)