All it took was a move to the American League. After spending the first 11 seasons of his career in the National League, Royals second baseman Mark Grudzielanek took home his first Gold Glove in his first year in the junior circuit.
Grudzielanek becomes the first player to win the award from a 100-loss team since Gary Pettis in 1989. The last Royals player to win a Gold Glove was Jermaine Dye back in 2000.
Grudzielanek opened this past season without committing an error in his first 77 games. He finished 2005 by stringing together a streak of 18 errorless games. Only three second basemen have put together longer streaks since 1960.
The National League’s Gold Glove Awards will be announced later today.
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