Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke Win Gold Glove Awards


The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on Tuesday, and Adrian Gonzalez was awarded his fourth Gold Glove Award for his defensive work in 2014. It is the first Gold Glove Award for Gonzalez since becoming a Dodger in 2012. Gonzalez also won the Gold Glove Award in 2008, 2009 and 2011 when he was with San Diego.

Gonzalez made 6 errors all season over 157 games at first base good for a .996 fielding percentage. Adrian led the N.L. with 12 defensive runs saved. He was tied for first in the league with Anthony Rizzo with 118 assists.

Gonzo came out ahead of Adam LaRoche and Justin Morneau who were the other two finalists for first base in the N.L. The Dodgers have not won a Gold Glove Award for first base since Steve Garvey was honored in 1977. Other Gold Glove first basemen for the Dodgers are Gil Hodges and Wes Parker.

Zack Greinke was awarded the Gold Glove Award for N.L. pitcher, and this was Greinke’s first career Gold Glove. He edged out his rotation mate Clayton Kershaw who was also nominated along with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.

Greinke, who was a finalist for a Gold Glove in 2013 as well, committed just one error all season in 32 games started for the Dodgers (202 1/3 innings).

Unfortunately Juan Uribe, the Dodgers’ fourth Gold Glove finalist, was beat out by Nolan Arenado of the Rockies for the second consecutive season. I think Uribe deserved the nod this year even though Arenado is an amazing third baseman. No Dodger third baseman has ever won a Gold Glove Award.

The Dodgers had not won a Gold Glove Award since 2011.