Much like the American League winners, some of the National league recipients of the Golden Glove award come from the same team. The St. Louis Cardinals, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Colorado Rockies all have multiple winners of the award for the 2013 season. Let’s take a look at the NL winners representing the infield.
Catcher – Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (12 defensive runs saved)
First Base – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks (13 defensive runs saved)
Second Base – Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds (1 defensive run saved)
Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves (41 defensive runs saved)
Third Base – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies (30 defensive runs saved)
Pitcher – Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals (4 defensive runs saved)
Here are some fun facts about the NL infield winners of the Gold Glove, courtesy of ESPN.
Yadier Molina became the fourth catcher to win six straight Gold Gloves, joining Ivan Rodriguez(13), Johnny Bench (10), Bob Boone (7) and Jim Sundberg (6).
Molina’s current streak is the best for an NL catcher since Bench won 10 in a row from 1968 to 1977.
Molina’s teammate, pitcher Adam Wainwright, won his second Gold Glove. They are the second pitcher-catcher combo to win the Gold Glove together more than once. The other is Kenny Rogers and Rodriguez, who won as teammates in 2000 and 2006.
Phillips has won the award four times in six seasons.
The corner infield spots in the National League were won by a pair of first-timers.
This year marked the first time that Rawlings included SDI, or SABR Defensive Index into the voting process. SDI was developed by the Society for American Baseball Research, and took into account several defensive statistics.