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October 30, 2012

Bryan Price pulls out of manager's race

      Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Marlins' managing job only a few days after interviewing, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

       With Price out of the picture, that leaves only two known candidates -- Mike Redmond and Larry Bowa -- that have formally interviewed for the job. That doesn't mean the job will come down to those two, necessarily.

       Sources said the Marlins intended to bring in more candidates, though that would seem problematic for the time being given the weather issues in New York, where owner Jeffrey Loria resides and where he has spoken to each managing prospect individually.

       At the moment, Redmond is believed to be the favorite for the job, but that could always change.        

Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle going for gold

      Mark Buehrle could add to his collection of Gold Glove awards while Jose Reyes will be looking for his first when Rawlings recognizes the top fielders at each position in both leagues. Buehrle and Reyes are the Marlins' only two finalists for the awards, which will be presented tonight on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m.

      Buehrle won the Gold Glove award as the American League's top fielding pitcher each of the three previous years when he was with the Chicago White Sox. He remained a steady defensive force in his first season in the N.L., going the entire season without being charged with an error in 60 chances. The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (0 errors in 51 chances) and the Reds' Bronson Arroyo (0 errors in 47 chances) are the other two pitching finalists in the N.L. Kershaw won the N.L. Gold Glove for pitchers last season while Arroyo won it in 2010.

       Reyes is one of four finalists for N.L. shortstop, along with the Nationals' Ian Desmond, Reds' Zack Cozart and Phillies' Jimmy Rollins. Of the four, only Rollins has won a Gold Glove previously, capturing the honor in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

       The Marlins have not had a Gold Glove winner since 2005 when third baseman Mike Lowell and second baseman Luis Castillo each won.

        Gold Glove awards are voted on by managers and coaches.

        Buehrle has already been recognized by the "Fielding Bible" as the top fielding pitcher in either league for the fourth straight year. Here's what was said about Buehrle:

        "His 12 Defensive Runs Saved was the highest total among pitchers. As a player who only plays once every five games compared to those in other positions, it is Buehrle's consistency defensively that really stands out. In the last nine years, he has ranked no worse than number 11 in Defensive Runs Saved among the 175 pitches we rank each year. In seven of those nine years he was no worse than fifth. In that time span, only 42 runners have stolen a base on him, while 48 have been thrown out and another 31 have been picked off by Buehrle. That comes out to 32 runs saved for Buehrle preventing stolen bases when we do our calculations. On top of that, he has saved another 36 runs with the way he has fielded his position in those nine years. Buehrle joins Alex Gordon and Yadier Molina as the third player in 2012 to receive a perfect total of 100 points in the balloting. The Fielding Bible Awards have never had more than one unanimous selection in any other year."