The Los Angeles Dodgers were shut out of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards tonight despite having a National League-high five players as finalists at the nine positions. The winners were announced on ESPN2 during tonight’s special edition of “Baseball Tonight”.
Los Angeles was represented by Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, and Juan Uribe at first, second, and third base respectively as well as pitcher Zack Greinke and catcher A.J. Ellis.
Gonzalez, a three-time Gold Glove recipient was beaten out by Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt. By winning the award, Goldschmidt became the first Diamondback Gold Glove first sacker in the history of the franchise.
“It’s just a huge honor I mean, to get recognized,” Goldschmidt said in an interview on ESPN2. “There’s so many great players around the league. I’m just fortunate to be in a position honestly to get to play. To be honored with this award, it’s pretty cool.”
Former Dodger James Loney was nominated for the American League’s award at first base. Loney finished second to Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer for the league lead in assists by a first baseman and also finished behind the Royal in Gold Glove balloting.
“It’s a tremendous honor to be in such an elite league with the best competitors all over the planet and really to win any type of award, especially the Rawlings Gold Glove Award is a tremendous honor,” Hosmer said. “I’m very excited about the award.”
The National League’s Gold Glove at second base went to the Reds’ Brandon Phillips. That left the Dodgers’ Mark Ellis still in search of his first Gold Glove Award.
Colorado’s rookie third baseman Nolan Arenando beat out New York’s David Wright and the Dodgers’ Uribe for the award.
“It’s pretty special, pretty crazy,” said an excited Arenado. “I’m still kind of in shock. I still can’t believe it.”
In a result that surprised no one, the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina won his sixth straight Gold Glove Award beating out the Pirates’ Russell Martin and the Dodgers’ A.J. Ellis.
Zack Greinke lost out at pitcher to Molina’s teammate Adam Wainwright. Greinke, who has four career errors in ten Major League season finished 2013 with his third consecutive errorless season. He has never recorded more than one error in a single season.
The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are voted on by managers and coaching staffs with the stipulation that they cannot vote for their own players. For the first time in the award’s history, that ballot alone did not decide the recipients. This year a statistical component was added in to account for 25% of the vote.
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