Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke Win 1st Gold Gloves as a Dodger

Coming on the heals of winning his first ever Fielding Bible Award and Mexico's National Sports Award, Adrian Gonzalez has been won his fourth career Gold Glove as a 1st baseman; his first Gold Glove as a Dodger.  He is the first Dodger Gold Glover at 1st base since Steve Garvey in 1977.

This choice is no surprise.  Adrian has been absolutely fantastic at every facet of his defensive game at 1st base. As the Fielding Bible award description said:
"He fields his position well, does a great job with difficult throws, and handles bunts and double plays with the best of them. But he's not flashy. Just consistently excellent.”
In addition, Zack Greinke has been awarded his first ever Gold Glove.  This marks the first Gold Glove at the position for the Dodgers since Clayton Kershaw won it in 2011.  He edged out Kershaw and Adam Wainwright for the honor.  Per Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider:
Greinke led all NL pitchers in putouts with 28 and was a narrow second behind Miami’s Henderson Alvarez in range factor. He was also tied for third in defensive runs saved with five (Kershaw led with seven).
Below are some videos featuring the magical glove work of Adrian and Zack.
(graphic via @Dodgers on twitter)

Pic at the very top via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014.

Adrian Gonzalez:

Here's a collage of highlights.

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9/18/14: Adrian Gonzalez charges in on a shallow popup from Chris Valaika and makes a great sliding catch, ending the 8th inning

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8/29/14: Adrian Gonzalez leaps to make the grab on a high throw then comes down and makes the tag on the runner to end the inning

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Zack Greinke: (the last one is probably the best one)

7/19/14: With runners on the corners, Zack Greinke jumps to make the stop on a high bouncing ball and throws to first to end the inning

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7/19/14: Joe Kelly pops up on a bunt attempt and Zack Greinke makes the grab, then fires to second base to double off George Kottaras

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7/3/14: Zack Greinke somehow gets his glove on a screaming liner up the middle, knocking it down before getting the out at first

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4/18/14: Zack Greinke reaches across his body to make a fine stop on the comebacker and throws to first to retire Cody Ross

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