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Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, and Didi Gregorius all nominated for Gold Gloves

The Yankees have three nominees this year for Gold Glove awards!

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The most recent time the Yankees had a Gold Glove award winner, it was 2012, which probably not by coincidence was the last year they made the playoffs. Mark Teixeira took home first base honors that year, and he is one of three Yankees trying to bring the fielding award back to Yankee Stadium.

Rawlings announced their three Gold Glove finalists for each position and league, and three Yankees are up for potential honors. Teixeira was nominated at first base alongside Mike Napoli (for some reason) and Eric Hosmer. The Royals' first baseman inherited the Gold Glove throne from Teixeira while the latter battled injuries in 2013 and 2014, but Tex's mostly healthy return bring the award back to him, or will it stay in Kansas City? Teixeira already has five Gold Gloves on his mantle, from 2005 and 2006 with the Rangers, and 2009, 2010, and 2012 with the Yankees.

Neither Didi Gregorius nor Brett Gardner has ever won a Gold Glove, but both will be gunning for their first honors at shortstop and left field, respectively. Gardner has been honored by the arguably more legitimate Fielding Bible awards in the past for his superlative defense, but the Gold Glove has eluded him despite multiple nominations and excellent play in left field. He will be up against two-time winner Alex Gordon and Yoenis Cespedes, who still earned a nomination for his work with the Tigers despite spending a good chunk of his season with the Mets.

The slick-fielding Gregorius (misspelled on the Rawlings page because lawl) will face Boston's Xander Bogaerts and another Royal, Alcides Escobar. Gregorius was fantastic at shortstop from May onward, and it will be interesting to see if gets the nod over some tough competition.

The Gold Glove obviously has its flaws in the voting process, most famously evidenced by the range-deficient Derek Jeter's many awards and Rafael Palmeiro's 1999 first base honor despite barely playing the position. Nonetheless, it's a cool honor for the players, so here's hoping at least one Yankee brings a Gold Glove home.