Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has won the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, recognizing his stellar work as the best defensive third baseman in the National League. The distinction marks Arenado's third consecutive Gold Gove, with the Rockies' star now having earned the honor in every season he's been in the Major Leagues.
With the win, Arenado also becomes just the fifth player in Major League history to win a Gold Glove in each of his first three seasons in the game.
Arenado was tasked with 507 chances in 2015 and committed only 17 errors, good enough for a fielding percentage of .966. Arenado was worth 18 runs saved (DRS) over the average third baseman, according to FanGraphs. Numbers aside, he's also incredible to watch on the field, as our own Mitch Hahn has recently pointed out. What better way to celebrate than by clicking on that link and watching video of poetry in motion?
The Gold Glove isn't Arenado's only award of the offseason; the third baseman also recently won the Fielding Bible Award:
"His teammates gave him the nickname "Sharknado" because of his aggressive approach charging groundballs and his ability to make whirling throws to gobble up hitters at first base. Nolan Arenado has been consistently superb defensively since arriving on the scene for the Rockies in 2013, saving 30, 16 and 18 runs in the three years he's been in the majors. He garnered 116 points in the voting. Previous Fielding Bible Award winners, Adrian Beltre and Manny Machado, finishing second and third with 102 and 101 points respectively."
For more fun Nolan Arenado stuff, check out this piece from Grantland (RIP) earlier this year for an in-depth comparison with Orioles 3B Manny Machado.
Congrats to Nolan! The Rockies' other Gold Glove Award nominee, DJ LeMahieu, was beaten for the award at second base by the Marlins' Dee Gordon.
Nolan Arenado wins his 3rd straight Gold Glove Award. Just to remind you that he's only 24. pic.twitter.com/FvDdLZeCgs— Baseball Tonight (@BBTN) November 11, 2015