MLB Gold Glove winners announced

The top defensive players in the MLB were announced during the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards last night.  The players are chosen through a voting process that includes MLB coaches and managers, as well as an index that is provided by the Society for American Baseball Research.  The field included 19 players, some of whom were receiving their first award and others who are making repeat performances. 

In the American League,  pitcher Dallas Keuchel picked up his fourth.  Catcher Salvador Perez was awarded his fifth, while first baseman Matt Olson saw his first.  Ian Kinsler, who covers second base for the Red Sox, now has two gloves and shortstop Andrelton Simmons of the Angels has four.  Alex Gordon picked up his sixth for his performance in left field and third baseman Matt Chapman and center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. each saw their first.  Covering right field, Mookie Betts picked up his third.

In the National League, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina scored his ninth Gold Glove.  There was a tie for first base players, with Freddie Freeman receiving his first and Anthony Rizzo taking his second.  Pitcher Zack Greinke of the Diamondbacks now has five gloves to his credit, with the team's shortstop, Nick Ahmed, being awarded his first.  The Rockies also saw two players picking up gloves through second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who now has three, and third baseman Nolan Arenado, with a total of six.  Left fielder Corey Dickerson picked up his first and center fielder Ender Inciarte added another to the two he had already earned.  Nick Markakis, right fielder for the Braves, now has a total of three gloves to his credit.

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