Bourjos' glove has Scioscia thinking hardware

Bourjos' glove has Scioscia thinking hardware

ANAHEIM -- Toward the end of his media session before the Angels' game on Wednesday against the White Sox, a reporter asked manager Mike Scioscia a simple question about Peter Bourjos' recent tear at the plate.

Bourjos' hitting is a notable topic -- the center fielder is 18-for-39 (.461) with seven extra-base hits in the last nine games -- but halfway through his response Scioscia shifted gears.

"I haven't heard you guys talk about it: Is there any doubt he's a Gold Glove center fielder in our league?" Scioscia asked.

Bourjos ranks second in the American League in FanGraphs' UZR ratings -- a defensive metric designed to gauge a player's defensive contribution against an average fielder at his position. He also ranks first in all of baseball in total defensive runs saved, according to the site.

Managers and coaches from all 30 teams vote for players in their own league, but they cannot vote for their own players. Scioscia joked that he planned to get creative in order to vote for Bourjos.

"I said it last week," Scioscia said. "I'm going to put [Rangers manager] Ronnie Washington's name on mine and vote for Bourjos."