Doug Fister is a finalist for the Gold Glove at pitcher after finishing the season with no errors. (Robin Buckson / The Detroit News)
Detroit —Only three outfielders ever have won a Gold Glove while playing for the Tigers
Al Kaline, Mickey Stanley and Gary Pettis.
Andy Dirks on Friday became a finalist to become the fourth.
Dirks and pitcher Doug Fister made the cut, so to speak. When the list of Rawlings Gold Glove finalists was announced, they were the two Tigers on it.
Last year’s finalists, Austin Jackson and Alex Avila — neither of whom won — did not make the list this year. They both lost to Baltimore Orioles in 2012, Jackson to Adam Jones and Avila to Matt Wieters.
Those Baltimore players are finalists again this year. In fact, the Orioles have six finalists.
Managers and coaches annually vote for the Gold Glove awards, but this year input from the SABR Defensive Index will account for about 25 percent of the vote.
Fister’s co-finalists for the award are two Toronto pitchers: R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle, the latter having won four Gold Gloves in a row, but the first three in the National League.
After making no errors this season, however, Fister could dethrone Buehrle.
Dirks is a first-time finalist as well. His stiffest competition will probably come from Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, who has won a Gold Glove the last two years.
The other finalist is Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes.
As Tigers outfielders, Kaline won 10 times, Stanley four and Pettis twice. No Detroit outfielder since Pettiis in 1989 has won, though
The last Tigers pitcher to win a Gold Glove was Kenny Rogers in 2006. Before that, it was Frank Lary in 1961.
There is one position where the Tigers never have won a Gold Glove, though, and won’t again this year: First base.