Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado. (Photo: Dilip Vishwanut/Getty Images)
It's becoming an annual tradition.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman D.J. LeMahieu each won a National League Gold Glove award on Sunday night.
Arenado took home his sixth consecutive Gold Glove and LeMahieu won his third overall.
NOLAN ARENADO, DJ LeMAHIEU WIN GOLD GLOVE AWARDS
Arenado wins his sixth consecutive Gold Glove, LeMahieu his second consecutive and third overall
DENVER – Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu have been named winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award for their respective positions, the second consecutive season that Arenado and LeMahieu have both been awarded the Gold Glove.
This is Arenado’s sixth consecutive Gold Glove, and the third career Gold Glove for LeMahieu. It is the ninth consecutive season in which at least one Rockies player has won a Gold Glove, the fifth year in which there have been two winners on the Rockies and the third time that Arenado and LeMahieu have both won in the same season (also, 2014).
Arenado led National League third basemen in total chances (430), putouts (104), assists (312), double plays (44), defensive runs above average (8.1) and total zone fielding runs above average (16) while ranking second in fielding percentage (.967) and third in zone rating (.794).
· Arenado’s six Gold Gloves are the most in franchise history, surpassing Larry Walker’s previous record of five Gold Gloves (1997-99, 2001-02).
· His streak of six consecutive Gold Gloves to begin his career is the second-longest streak in Major League history, trailing Ichiro Suzuki’s streak of 10-straight Gold Gloves to begin his Major League career.
· His Gold Glove streak is the longest active streak in the Majors, the longest since Yadier Molina won eight straight from 2008-15.
· Arenado is the seventh third baseman in MLB history to win at least six Gold Gloves, the third NL third baseman to accomplish the feat (Scott Rolen, Mike Schmidt).
· He joins Mike Schmidt as the only NL third basemen to win at least six consecutive Gold Gloves.
LeMahieu led NL second basemen in fielding percentage (.993), zone rating (.859), defensive runs above average (12.9) and total zone fielding runs above average (23). He also ranked tied for second in assists (378), third in total chances per nine innings (4.77), fourth in double plays (90) and fifth in putouts (209).
- LeMahieu becomes the fifth player in franchise history to win at least three Gold Gloves, joining Arenado, Walker, Carlos González and Todd Helton.
- His three Gold Gloves are the most by a middle infielder in franchise history.
- Three Gold Gloves ranks third among active second basemen (most: four, Dustin Pedroia and Brandon Phillips).
Following today’s announcement, voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award will begin online at www.rawlings.com. The voting will open at 8:00 p.m. MST and will remain open through November 7. Fans will be able to select one player among the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each league.