No Gold Gloves for Sox; Reddick earns one at RF


No Gold Gloves for Sox; Reddick earns one at RF

The Red Sox were shutout in their quest for Gold Glove awards. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez, now with the Dodgers but representing the Sox at first base, were the only Red Sox players under consideration.

Pedroia lost out to the Yankees Robinson Cano, who also beat out Seattles Dustin Ackley, while Gonzalez was beaten out by the Yankees Mark Teixeira, who also beat Kansas Citys Eric Hosmer.

Both Pedroia and Gonzalez won the awards with the Red Sox last season, along with center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Pedroia also won in 2008. Gonzalez also won in 2008 and 2009 with the Padres.

Four former Sox players were among the finalists at their positions, including Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and left fielder David Murphy, As right fielder Josh Reddick, and right-hander Bronson Arroyo, of the Reds, who led all teams with six finalists. Beltre won his fourth Gold Glove, while Reddick won his first.

What a HUGE honor to be a gold glover. Much credit to the Oakland Athletics for the opportunity to play every day!!! blessed, Reddick tweeted.

The Orioles led all team with three winners catcher Matt Wieters, shortstop, J.J. Hardy, and center fielder Adam Jones.

The winners, announced Tuesday night, are determined by a vote from each manager and up to six coaches on each staff. Voters cannot vote for players on their own teams.

The complete list of winners:

American League
P Jeremy Hellickson, Rays
Jake Peavy, White Sox
C Matt Wieters, Orioles
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles
LF Alex Gordon, Royals
CF Adam Jones, Orioles
RF Josh Reddick, As

National League
P Mark Buehrle, Marlins
C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Adam LaRoche, Nationals
2B Darwin Barney, Cubs
3B Chase Headley, Padres
SS Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
LF Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
CF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF Jason Heyward, Braves

Chris Sale and David Price discuss golfing and video gaming together


Chris Sale and David Price discuss golfing and video gaming together

Trenni Kusnierek sits down for a couple of interviews at Spring Training in Fort Myers, FL. 

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First up, President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski talks about "winning the winter", and filling the leadership void left by David Ortiz.

Also, Dombrowski's two biggest acquisitions during his tenure with Boston , Chris Sale and David Price, discuss expectations for the rotation, and getting to know each other off the field.

Saban knows he has 'great teacher of the game' in new OC Daboll


Saban knows he has 'great teacher of the game' in new OC Daboll

After 17 years in the NFL, after five Super Bowl titles, after time spent as a defensive assistant, receivers coach, tight ends coach and offensive coordinator, after working with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks and under one Hall of Fame head coach, Brian Daboll is going back to school. 

It makes sense that the new Alabama offensive coordinator chose to make the leap from the pro game to Tuscaloosa. In New England he was the offensive coordinator in waiting, it seemed, but Josh McDaniels still hasn't jumped at a head coaching gig and it's uncertain when he will.

With the Crimson Tide, Daboll will get a raise -- he'll easily double his Patriots salary, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss -- and a chance to call the plays for one of the premier programs in college football. He'll also remain in contention for NFL jobs down the line if he wants to work his way back; 'Bama's last offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, just jumped to the Falcons to replace Kyle Shanahan as their offensive coordinator. 

"We are certainly happy to add a coach the caliber of Brian Daboll to our staff," Nick Saban told "I have known Brian since he worked for us as a GA at Michigan State and he has a fantastic reputation in the coaching profession. He brings a tremendous work ethic to the job and has a wealth of football knowledge. Brian is a great teacher of the game, and someone who can relate well to our players. We are excited to welcome Brian, his wife Beth and their family to Tuscaloosa."

In the last year alone, Daboll's resume got a nice bump as his teaching ability was highlighted throughout the course of New England's run to another Super Bowl. He helped Martellus Bennett grasp a complicated offensive system to the point where it was Bennett who was the target of Tom Brady's throws twice in overtime of the Super Bowl when the team was trying to punch one into the end zone. Bennett finished the season with 55 catches for 701 yards and seven scores.

Daboll was responsible for getting Matt Lengel up to speed late in the season with Rob Gronkowski out for the year and Bennett dealing with myriad injuries. Lengel, from Eastern Kentucky by way of Northeastern, worked with Daboll one-on-one at times in practice and made appearances in six regular-season games after having spent the majority of his first two pro seasons on the Bengals practice squad.

Daboll even deserves some recognition for the season that fullback James Develin put together, perhaps the best of his career to this point, as Develin met with the tight ends on a daily basis. When Gronkowski went out, Develin needed to be ready to take on more tight end responsibilities, and Daboll ran the crash course. 

At Alabama, Daboll will work with a slightly different population. The players will be younger. They won't have the base of knowledge his pro pupils did. And he'll be working more closely with a new position as he takes on the responsibilities of quarterbacks coach. 

"I am honored to have the chance to return to the college game and work for Coach Saban at Alabama," Daboll said in a statement. "He basically gave me my start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Michigan State in the late 1990s and has always been a very important influence on my coaching career. It is a tremendous opportunity to work at an institution such as Alabama with its rich tradition and history of sustained success, and I'm very excited to get started."