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October 25, 2013FORMER BLUE DRAGON ANDY DIRKS IS A GOLD GLOVE FINALIST
Former Hutchinson Community College All-Jayhawk Conference and current Detroit Tigers' outfielder Andy Dirks has been selected as a finalist for a 2013 Gold Glove Award.
Dirks and pitcher Doug Fister are the two Tigers who are Gold Glove finalists. Winners will be announced this Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Dirks is in the running for his first Gold Glove Award.
Dirks will be up against some heavy competition for the award in left field. Kansas City's Alex Gordon, who has won the last two Gold Gloves in left field, and Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes are the other finalists.
Dirks is in his third season with the Tigers. This season, Dirks had a fielding percentage of .992 and had seven outfield assists. He committed just two errors in 241 chances over 124 games.
Over his career, Dirks is a .989 fielder with the Tigers.
Managers and coaches vote for Gold Glove winners and are not permitted to vote for their own players. Rawlings, which sponsors the Gold Glove Awards, also introduced the SABR Defensive Index, a sabermetric component, into the voting process this year.
Dirks was an instrumental member of HCC's 2005 Region VI Championship team that competed in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
While at HCC, The Blue Dragons compiled an 82-35 record in Dirks' two seasons.
Dirks had a .374 career batting average with the Blue Dragons (113 for 302) with 13 career home runs and 78 career RBIs. Dirks had 21 doubles and eight triples while scoring 78 runs and stealing 40 bases.
As a freshman, Dirks hit .341 (57 for 167) with 11 doubles, three triples and two homers while driving in 26 runs. Dirks hit .415 as a sophomore with 10 doubles, five triples and 11 homers. He scored 59 runs, stole 30 bases and had 52 RBIs.
The 2005 team finished in a four-way tie for the Jayhawk West championship and Region VI championship and the 2006 team won the conference outright and went 44-13.
Dirks was first-team All-Jayhawk West and first-team all-Region VI as a sophomore.
Dirks continues to rank high in several single-season and career Blue Dragon categories.
From HCC, Dirks moved onto Wichita State. Dirks has gained plenty of national attention with his streak of reaching base safely in 73 consecutive games and a hitting streak of 29 games, which is the fourth-longest in Shocker history.
Dirks earned first-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and all-regional tournament honors.