Brett Gard­ner among Gold Glove win­ners

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Fitz­patrick

The Yan­kee left fielder is joined by such other no­ta­bles as Buster Posey, Zack Greinke and An­thony Rizzo.

Catch this: Buster Posey is the new Gold Glove back­stop in the Na­tional League.

The San Fran­cisco Gi­ants star un­seated Yadier Molina be­hind the plate when Rawl­ings an­nounced its an­nual honors for field­ing ex­cel­lence.

Posey was picked as the NL catcher, end­ing Molina’s eight-year reign with St. Louis.

“I don’t know if it makes it any more spe­cial or not that he had won it eight years in a row be­cause I think I’d be happy with it either way,” Posey said on a con­fer­ence call. “This one’s up there for me.

“I’m a firm be­liever you win ball­games with pitch­ing and de­fense.”

Posey was joined on the Gold Glove ros­ter by a pair of Gi­ants team­mates, the dou­ble-play com­bi­na­tion of short­stop Bran­don Craw­ford and sec­ond base­man Joe Panik.

Colorado third base­man Nolan Are­nado won for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year, and Ari­zona pitcher Zack Greinke took his third straight prize.

Other win­ners in the NL were At­lanta cen­ter fielder En­der In­cia­rte, Pitts­burgh left fielder Star­ling Marte, and first base­man An­thony Rizzo and right fielder Jason Hey­ward from the World Se­ries cham­pion Chicago Cubs.

Young short­stop Fran­cisco Lin­dor from AL cham­pion Cleve­land was a first-time win­ner, along with Texas first base­man Mitch More­land, Detroit sec­ond base­man Ian Kinsler, New York Yan­kees left fielder Brett Gard­ner and Bos­ton right fielder Mookie Betts.

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez won his fourth Gold Glove in a row, Hous­ton pitcher Dal­las Keuchel took his third straight and Tampa Bay cen­ter fielder Kevin Kier­maier re­peated from last year.

Rangers third base­man Adrian Bel­tre was re­warded for the fifth time over­all.

“I’m pretty sur­prised an old man like me can win the Gold Glove,” said the 37-year-old Bel­tre, who was thrilled More­land won as well.

“I think I’m hap­pier for him than for me be­cause for the last cou­ple of years, he has played such a great de­fen­sive first base and was never rec­og­nized,” Bel­tre said. “Most of my mis­takes are throw­ing the ball and Mitch has saved me so many er­rors and makes things look eas­ier for me.”

The 22-year-old Lin­dor be­came the first In­di­ans player to win a Gold Glove since out­fielder Grady Size­more in 2008, and their sec­ond short­stop af­ter Omar Vizquel won ev­ery year from 1994-2001.

Votes are sub­mit­ted in Septem­ber by man­agers and coaches who can­not choose their own play­ers. Three years ago, Rawl­ings added a saber­met­ric com­po­nent to the Gold Glove se­lec­tion process as well.


Yan­kees’ out­fielder Brett Gard­ner was awarded his first Gold Glove award.

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