Ventura says Ramirez, Beckham deserve Gold

ANAHEIM -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura and his coaching staff made their choices for American League Gold Glove winners during the team's last homestand. They were not allowed to vote for their own players, but Ventura certainly believes shortstop Alexei Ramirez and second baseman Gordon Beckham are worthy of their first such honor.

"We can't vote for our own guys, but we can talk about them. Gordon has done a great job," Ventura said. "Alexei has been right in the middle and gets to a lot of stuff. They've been great up the middle. It's one thing we've had all year. They've played Gold Glove-caliber defense."

Ventura mentioned that his voting criteria centered solely on who had been best defensively at each position, with no influence being added for numbers on offense, as is suspected at times. Beckham's .991 fielding percentage and Ramirez's .981 mark have contributed to a White Sox team allowing the fewest unearned runs in baseball at 26.

"You want to be strong up the middle," Ventura said. "For us, that's a plus for those guys playing up the middle every day."