ST LOUIS: St Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (pictured) won his sixth straight Gold Glove award yesterday when Major League Baseball announced the top defensive players in each position.
Molina has long been known for a toughness and command behind the plate that has allowed the Puerto Rican to dominate the defensive honour in recent years.
He is joined by pitcher Adam Wainwright as the two Cardinals players to earn the distinction as they currently battle the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
The Red Sox lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 ahead of Game Six in Fenway Park today. The other National League players honoured were Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips, Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons, Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado, and outfielders Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado), Carlos Gomez (Milwaukee) and Gerardo Parra.
In the American League, Baltimore and Kansas City produced three winners apiece.
Shortstop J J Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and third baseman Manny Machado for the Orioles, along with Royals catcher Salvador Perez, left fielder Alex Gordon and first baseman Eric Hosmer.
“It’s a tremendous honour,” Hosmer told reporters, of his first such award. “I couldn’t thank all my team-mates enough and the infield around me for doing their part.”
Rounding out the AL winners were Boston’s second baseman Dustin Pedroia and right fielder Shane Victorino, and Toronto pitcher R A Dickey. REUTERS