Detroit — No surprise, no Tiger took home a Gold Glove on Tuesday night.
But the Tigers didn’t come up completely empty-handed.
Shortstop Jose Iglesias was voted as the winner of ESPN’s Web Gem of the Year for a dazzling barehanded catch-and-throw against the White Sox in mid-August.
At U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago’s Josh Phegley broke his bat and hit a bouncing ball just out of the reach of lunging Detroit pitcher Doug Fister. Iglesias charged, grabbed the ball with his right hand and fired the ball to first for the out. Iglesias actually released the ball while in mid-air, his body horizontal to the ground.
“No way,” FSD’s Mario Impemba said on the Tigers telecast.
“Jose,” Rod Allen added.
There was audible appreciation from the small White Sox crowd that night.
That play sparked big-time buzz on the Internet afterward, as Tigers fans — and many others — raved about the player Detroit had just acquired in a three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy from Chicago to Boston and Avisail Garcia from Detroit to Chicago.
Iglesias, 23, wasn’t up for a Gold Glove, as the rookie-of-the-year candidate only played 71 games at short this season. No doubt, though, he’ll win his share — if he stays healthy.
Tigers Fister and Andy Dirks (left field) were among the nominees, but, as expected, they lost out to the Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey and the Royals’ Alex Gordon, respectively.