The Colorado Rockies went two for three in the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove awards tonight - Carlos Gonzalez won his third Gold Glove in left field while Nolan Arenado became the tenth ever rookie (and first Rockies third baseman) to win a Gold Glove. Meanwhile, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was a finalist at shortstop but was beaten out by the very deserving Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves.
Gonzalez beat out Starling Marte of the Pirates and Eric Young Jr (?!?) of the Rockies/Mets to win. Marte (second place) edged CarGo (third place) in the voting for the 2013 Fielding Bible Awards, but either would have been a fine choice.
Arenado, who placed second in the Fielding Bible voting to AL Gold Glove winner Manny Machado of the Orioles, was one of eight first time winners this year. While Arenado was clearly the most accomplished NL defender at third this season by the sabermetric defensive stats, the presence of left (Juan Uribe) and right (David Wright) coast candidates as well as Arenado's rookie status made his win a little surprising.
If you are so inclined, you may vote for Arenado, CarGo, or another player to win the Platinum Glove award (given to the top defender in each league) at www.rawlings.com now through Thursday.
Here is the full list of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove winners (* denotes first time winner):
P: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals)
C: Yadier Molina (Cardinals)
1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks)*
2B: Brandon Phillips (Reds)
3B: Nolan Arenado (Rockies)*
SS: Andrelton Simmons (Braves)*
LF: Carlos Gonzalez (Rockies)
CF: Carlos Gomez (Brewers)*
RF: Gerardo Parra (Diamondbacks)
P: R.A. Dickey (Blue Jays)*
C: Salvador Perez (Royals)*
1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals)*
2B: Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
3B: Manny Machado (Orioles)*
SS: J.J. Hardy (Orioles)
LF: Alex Gordon (Royals)
CF: Adam Jones (Orioles)
RF: Shane Victorino (Red Sox)
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- Tuesday Rockpile: Gold Glove award winners will be announced tonight
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- Monday Rockpile: What does the Jose Abreu offer tell us about Jhoulys Chacin and potentially the rest of the Rockies payroll?