Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Golden Night for LaRoche

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) and Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25)
LaRoche, right, won his first Gold Glove. (Photo: Keith Allison)
Tonight, Nationals first baseman finally got some hardware for his impressive skill in the field. He was awarded the National League first baseman Gold Glove Award. It is the first such award for his LaRoche in his career.

LaRoche is coming off of one of the best seasons of his entire career. His 33 home runs are a career high and he tied his career high in RBI with 100. He batted .271 with a slugging percentage of .510.

But, LaRoche earned his Gold Glove for his play in the field.

LaRoche was tied for the NL lead in fielding percentage with 99.5%. That's right...darn near perfect. In 1,367 total chances, LaRoche committed just seven errors and made 1,260 put-outs. LaRoche also turned 113 double plays.

LaRoche beat out Joey Votto of the Reds and Freddie Freeman of the Braves for the award.

In related news, shortstop Ian Desmond lost to Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins for that position's Gold Glove.

For a complete list of winners, go to this link.

Question: Do you think Adam LaRoche was worthy of a Gold Glove? Do you think Ian Desmond should have won his? Comment with your opinion below!

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