More Mets news today: Carlos Beltran and David Wright were named Gold Glove award-winners. Joining them on the NL team are Padres’ 1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers’ RHP Greg Maddux, Pirates’ CF Nate McLouth, Cardinals C Yadier Molina, Reds’ Brandon Phillips, Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino.
It is the second consecutive year both men earned Gold Gloves, and the third year overall for Beltran. Here’s what each had to say:
“I take a lot of pride in being a complete player,” Beltran said. “Even on the days when I donâ€™t get a hit, I feel I can make a difference in the field”
â€œIndividual awards are nice, but, for me, my entire focus is on the team and getting back to the playoffs,” Wright said.
Here’s the release that was published by the team:
“For the second consecutive year center fielder Carlos Beltran and third baseman David Wright have been selected in a vote by Major League managers and coaches to the Rawlings National League Gold Glove team. The Award is the third overall for Beltran and the second for Wright.
Beltran ranked first among NL centerfielders with 429 total chances and was third with eight outfield assists last year. Recently, stat guru Bill James named Beltran the Best Defensive Center fielder in Baseball in his 2008 Fielding Bible. Carlos also won a Gold Glove in 2006. He is tied with Rey Ordonez for the second most Gold Glove Awards in team history with three behind Keith Hernandez, who won six with the Mets from 1983-1989. The only other Mets outfielder to garner a Gold Glove Award was Tommie Agee in 1970.
Wright was tied for the National League lead among third basemen in total chances (416) with San Diegoâ€™s Kevin Kouzmanoff. He did not commit an error in a career-best 36 consecutive games from August 7th-September 16th last season and also had a 30-game errorless streak from July 1st-August 5th and a 28-game streak without an error from May 24th-June 22nd. David led NL third basemen appearing in 159 games and was also first with 286 assists. Robin Ventura in 1999 is the only other third baseman in franchise history to earn a Gold Glove Award.”