Major League Baseball announced the Gold Glove Winners and it was no shock in the National League that Yadier Molina picked up the award for the fourth straight year as the league’s best defensive catcher. His numbers certainly backed it up, but it is still a surprise to see Royals left fielder Alex Gordon pick up his first Gold Glove.
Molina threw out 29% of would-be base stealers, down from 49% of a year ago, but Molina committed just five errors and six passed balls. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto beat out Albert Pujols at first base.
As for Gordon, the second overall pick in 2005 was struggling. He played in just 49 games after missing most of the 2009 season with hip surgery and then played in just 74 in 2010. He was sent down to AAA where he had to learn a new position, left field, while the organization prepared for the arrival of Mike Moustakas.
Gordon returned from the minors in 2011 and hit a career high .303 and set the franchise record with 20 assists.