After winning his first Rawlings Gold Glove in 2008, Yadier Molina has once again been recognized with the honor.
The St. Louis Cardinals catcher beat out San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Milwaukee’s Manny Pina for the National League Gold Glove. It is the ninth time Molina has won the award.
Various defensive metrics factor into the consideration for the award by using SABR’s SDI, but manager’s and their staffs make up the majority of the vote. A manager is not allowed to vote for a player on his own team.
Despite a pelvic injury that kept him out of action for 26 games, Molina still logged 1017.2 innings behind the plate. By comparison, Posey had only 759.1 and Pina caught 743 innings.
Molina also set a new MLB record for a catcher 35-years or older starting 27 straight games (7-22-8/19). The mark was the most by a Cardinals catcher since Ted Simmons started 29 straight games at the position in 1979.
From July 12th through the end of the season, Molina did not commit an error (519.1 innings, 509 total chances), while collecting an MLB-high 7 double plays, played 519.1 innings and started at catcher an MLB-leading 61 games.
St. Louis teammate Kolten Wong was also a Gold Glove finalist at second base, but lost out to Colorado’s DJ LaMahieu.
Molina is now a candidate for the Rawlings Platinum Award, which is selected in large part by fan vote.
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