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Buehrle gets his big wish, captures Gold Glove honor
By Mike Spellman | Daily Herald Staff
Published: 11/10/2009 2:35 PM | Updated: 11/10/2009 4:06 PM

No word yet on a potential Silver Slugger Award for his prodigious blast in Milwaukee this summer, but White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle did take home some hardware Tuesday, earning his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

With it, Buehrle becomes just the second White Sox pitcher in franchise history (Jim Kaat) to win the honor.

And for a guy who has pitched in the World Series and thrown a perfect game, Tuesday's announcement left the veteran lefty borderline giddy.

"It ranks right up there," Buehrle said on a conference call from his home. "I definitely take pride in fielding my position and I always wanted to win a Gold Glove.

"It ranks up there just as high as the perfect game because it's more of me doing 95 percent of the work, whereas a perfect game you need everybody to help. This award, it's been one I've been out after to get and it's a great honor."

Buehrle, 30, is the first Sox Gold Glove winner since third baseman Robin Ventura was honored five times from 1991-98. Manager Ozzie Guillen also won one at shortstop in 1990.

Buehrle, who also won the 2009 Fielding Bible Award, led all American League pitchers in 2009 with 8 pickoffs, 55 total chances and 41 assists and tied for the lead by assisting with 5 double plays while committing just 1 error.

As soon as he heard he'd won, Buehrle texted pitching coach Don Cooper.

"He told me he had to see it first, so I told him I was going to send it to him," Buehrle said. "He told me he was going to sell it if I sent it to him, so I told him I'll send him pictures instead and hopefully I can get out of a little (pitchers fielding practice) when I get down there."

On another front, Buehrle said the recently completed trade for Kansas City's Mark Teahen caught him a bit off guard.

"I was kind of surprised," he said. "(Josh) Fields, you kind of knew something was going to happen, but trading (Chris) Getz, I was kind of surprised, but personally I'm happy because I can't get Teahen out. I'm just glad he's going to be in our uniform."

As for moving Gordon Beckham from third base to second, Buehrle's hoping for the best.

"To me he was getting better and better as each game went along at third base," Buehrle said. "Hopefully this won't mess him up too much switching positions."