NEW YORK -- Elvis Andrus went into Monday's game against the Yankees with the fifth best fielding percentage among American League shortstops this season, but he is No. 1 in the opinion of the league's managers.
Andrus was voted the Best Defensive Shortstop in a survey of AL managers according to Baseball America. Brendan Ryan of the Mariners and Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians finished in a tie for second.
"That's great," Andrus said. "It's an honor for them to think that way about me. I've been trying to get my defense to the next level. I've been focusing on fielding the routine ground ball, inning by inning. I think I've done better than in the past in separating my offense from my defense."
Andrus has 10 errors, tied for the sixth most in the league. That leaves him with a .979 fielding percentage, which would be the highest of his career. He had a .963 percentage last year when he committed a career-high 25 errors. He has one error in his last 33 games going into Monday.
"He has been outstanding," manager Ron Washington said. "You can see the maturity. The most consistent part has been making the routine play. He's going to make errors, because he's going to get to more balls that most other guys, but he's not booting one every four or five days."
The opinion of the managers is significant, because they and the coaches are the ones that vote on Gold Glove Awards for fielding excellence. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar won the award last year after Derek Jeter of the Yankees won two straight. Andrus is in his fourth year and has yet to win.
"I don't want to think about that," Andrus said. "Every time I think that way, something goes wrong. I'd love to win it, but I just have to keep playing the way I'm playing."