On Tuesday night, the annual winners of MLB's Gold Glove Award were announced. The award, sponsored by Rawlings, is given every year to the players judged to have displayed the best fielding performance at each position. Colorado, Arizona and St. Louis led the National league, with two players from each team picking up the award. Here's how the NL awards were distributed:
- C - Yadier Molina (STL)
- 1B - Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
- 2B - Brandon Phillips (CIN)
- SS - Andrelton Simmons (ATL)
- 3B - Nolan Arenado (COL)
- LF - Carlos Gonzalez (COL)
- CF - Carlos Gomez (MIL)
- RF - Gerardo Parra (ARI)
- P - Adam Wainwright (STL)
There were eight total first-time winners around the league this year, including Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Also getting his first taste of the award is Nolan Arenado, who becomes the first rookie since Ichiro Suzuki (2001) to win the award. The veterans did their share as well, as St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina took home his sixth Gold Glove Award.That moves him into fourth on the all-time list for catchers.
Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez also made headlines with his award this year. He becomes the first Brewers Gold Glove winner since Robin Yount won as a shortstop back in 1982. Gomez was very thankful, when he spoke on his accomplishment:
That made me feel more excited and proud of myself. I give something to the organization, to the Milwaukee Brewers, that they didn't have for 31 years. This is the organization that made me the player that I am right now.
Among those who were denied the award this year include Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney and Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen, who misses out on a repeat win.