Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman DJ LeMahieu on Tuesday were named National League Gold Glove recipients at their respective positions.
Arenado is now a two-time Gold Glove winner, taking home the award in each of his first two big league seasons. The 23-year-old defensive phenom is the fifth Rockies player to win a Gold Glove in consecutive seasons, joining Larry Walker, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Arenado was a guest on the awards show after his victory was announced. During the interview, he talked about growing up watching Adrian Beltre, but the best part came when Arenado was asked about being known as Sharknado:
"Ummmm, that's NOT my nickname."
LeMahieu, 26, is a first-time Gold Glove recipient. He was statistically the second-best second baseman in all of baseball behind the Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia, who won the award in the American League. LeMahieu had no trouble passing the eye test, either, routinely making spectacular plays behind a Rockies pitching staff that gave up a lot of contact. In addition to his defensive contributions, LeMahieu was one of few Rockies players to stay healthy from start to finish in 2014. He should win an even more prestigious award for that accomplishment, if you ask me.
The Rockies' other nominee, first baseman Justin Morneau, finished as a runner up behind the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, who won his fourth-career Gold Glove.
Either Arenado or LeMahieu might not be done collecting hardware. The Platinum Glove, which is awarded to the best overall defender in each league, is still up for grabs. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, but until then, fans can vote for their choice (and it better be Arenado or LeMahieu!) here.
Full list of 2014 Gold Glove winners:
Zack Greinke, Dodgers
Runners up: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
Yadier Molina, Cardinals
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
Andrelton Simmons, Braves
Runners up: Adeiny Hechavarria, Marlins; Zack Cosart, Reds
Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Runners up: Pablo Sandoval, Giants; Juan Uribe, Dodgers
Christian Yelich, Marlins
Runners up: Starling Marte, Pirates; Justin Upton, Braves
Juan Lagares, Mets
Runners up: Billy Hamilton, Reds; Denard Span, Nationals
Jason Heyward, Braves
Runners up: Gerardo Parra, Diamondbacks/Brewers; Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Dallas Keuchel, Astros
Salvador Perez, Royals
Eric Hosmer, Royals
Runners up: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Albert Pujols, Angels
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Runners up: Robinson Cano, Mariners; Ian Kinsler, Tigers
J.J. Hardy, Orioles
Runners up: Alcides Escobar, Royals; Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
Kyle Seager, Mariners
Alex Gordon, Royals
Runners up: Yoenis Cespedes, A's/Red Sox; Michael Brantley, Indians
Adam Jones, Orioles
Runners up: Adam Eaton, White Sox; Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
Nick Markakis, Orioles
Runners up: Kole Calhoun, Angels; Kevin Kiermaier, Rays