Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez received the “Premio Nacional del Deporte,” a national sports award presented by Mexico’s La Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (CONADE).
Gonzalez, who was born in San Diego and spent much of his childhood in Mexico, also won the award in 2011.
Adrian Gonzalez won his fourth career Gold Glove award yesterday. The Dodgers first baseman added to his resume today.
Gonzalez was named the Wilson defensive first baseman of the year, and Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe was named the Wilson defensive third baseman of the year.
Uribe also won the award last year. Unlike the Gold Glove awards (but like the Fielding Bible Awards), the Wilson awards cover both leagues.
Greinke, 31, had never won a Gold Glove award before in his career. Greinke made one error in 59 chances this season, a .983 fielding percentage.
Gonzalez had won the award three times before in his career, twice with the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. No Dodgers first baseman had won a Gold Glove award since Steve Garvey in 1977.
Gonzalez gets an additional $100,000 from the Dodgers for winning the award, part of a bonus clause that was written into his 2012 contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Juan Uribe was a finalist for a Gold Glove award at third base. He fell short in the balloting to defending winner Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was a finalist to win the award along with Greinke.
Dodger pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and third baseman Juan Uribe are finalists for National League Gold Glove awards.
The quartet was announced Thursday by Rawlings, the equipment maker which sponsors the award. Winners will be revealed on ESPN2 Nov. 4. The winners have already been chosen; the three finalists at each position are really the top three vote-getters.
We’ll have a bit more on each player’s credentials in a bit. Here’s the full list of NL Gold Glove Award finalists:
The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players on their roster for the National League Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here is the complete roster:
The award, sanctioned by Major League Baseball, has recognized “the most outstanding offensive performer” in each League since it was established in 1999.
Gonzalez led the Majors with 116 RBIs, the first Dodger to do so since Matt Kemp in 2011, while batting .276 and leading the Dodgers with 41 doubles (3rd, NL) and 27 home runs (6th, NL) in 159 games.
Fans can vote for the award online. Sorry, no paper ballots.
A special panel of Hall of Fame players, including the 80-year-old Aaron, will join fans in voting for the award.
Here’s more from MLB’s press release on Gonzalez:
The Dodgers could have used another blowout win. Beyond getting them closer to a division title, it presents a golden opportunity for a relatively old team to rest up.
To be fair to Gonzalez, who played the first six innings at first base Sunday before Ethier took over, he made a fantastic over-the-shoulder running catch of a Jean Segura pop-up in the sixth inning. The ball probably would have landed fair; at least it would have been close.
But Ethier didn’t flub any of the five balls thrown his way, which is more than Gonzalez could say. Gonzalez’s error in the second inning — dropping a catchable throw from second baseman Dee Gordon at close range — allowed the Brewers to score three unearned runs against Dan Haren in the Dodgers’ 7-2 loss.