The 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners were announced on Tuesday night, with several streaks of fielding recognition the name of the game.
The World Series champion Kansas City Royals had three players win 2015 Gold Glove Awards -- Salvador Perez at catcher (his third straight award), Eric Hosmer at first base (third straight) and Alcides Escobar at shortstop (his first). Alex Gordon in left field was considered a favorite to win a fifth straight Gold Glove and join his teammates, but he was beaten out by former Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, now on the Mets.
In the National League, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, 24, won his third straight award, with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke winning his second straight honor as the best-fielding pitcher. Giants shortstop Brian Crawford ended a bid for what would have been Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons' third straight Gold Glove.
The longest streak heading into 2015 continued when St. Louis Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina won his eighth straight Gold Glove, nudging out San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.
Managers and coaches in each league vote for the Gold Glove Award, with the caveats that you can only vote for players in your league but can't select players on your own team. There is also a statistical component that accounts for a portion of the results.
Here are the full list of winners.
Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel, Astros
Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals
First base: Eric Hosmer, Royals
Second base: Jose Altuve, Astros
Third base: Manny Machado, Orioles
Shortstop: Alcides Escobar, Royals
Left field: Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers
Center field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
Right field: Kole Calhoun, Angels
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Dodgers
Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First base: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Second base: Dee Gordon, Marlins
Third base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Left field: Starling Marte, Pirates
Center field: A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks
Right field: Jason Heyward, Cardinals
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