A league-high five Dodgers are among the National League finalists for the 2013 Gold Glove Award, Rawlings Sporting Goods announced yesterday. The prestigious award honors the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American and National Leagues.
Los Angeles first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, a three-time Gold Glover received the award for the NL in 2008 and 2009 with the Padres, and for the AL in 2011 with the Red Sox. In 2013, his first full season with the Dodgers, Gonzalez made a career-high 11 errors.
He joins Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, and Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo as the three National League finalists at first base.
Each of the other Dodger finalists is looking to receive the award for the first time in his career.
Pitcher Zack Greinke, the NL's Pitcher of the Month for August, is a finalist along with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, and Patrick Corbin of the Diamondbacks. Greinke did not make an error in 2013 and has made only four miscues in ten big league seasons.
Greinke’s battery mate A.J. Ellis, St. Louis receiver Yadier Molina, and former Dodger Russell Martin comprise the finalists at catcher. With a current string of five consecutive Gold Glove Awards, Molina is the clear favorite.
With finalists Gonzalez at first, Mark Ellis at second, and Juan Uribe at third, the Dodgers have their bases covered for this award.
The other finalists at second base are Brandon Phillips of Cincinnati, and last year’s second base Gold Glove winner Darwin Barney of the Cubs.
Colorado rookie Nolan Arenado and two-time Gold Glove third basemen David Wright of the Mets made the final cut with Uribe.
Rawlings first began highlighting the top three defenders at each position in 2011. The Dodgers’ Gonzalez is one of only 11 players to have been named as Gold Glove Award finalists each of the three years.
The winners of the award will be announced during a special “Baseball Tonight” on ESPN2 on Tuesday, October 29th, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
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