The 2010 National League Gold Glove winners list is out, and this is definitely an interesting list. Scott Rolen won another Gold Glove, as did Albert Pujols, but several first-time Gold Glove winners made the list this time around. Unlike over in the American League, the National League winners aren’t necessarily the superstars of their teams, and some of these defensive wizards are finally getting recognized for what they have been able to do on the field recently. Managers and coaches helped to decide this year’s winners, and they certainly made some nice choices.
The National League Gold Glove-winning infielders were Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals at first base, Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds at second base, Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies, and Scott Rolen, also of the Reds, at third base. For Rolen, this is a pretty amazing accomplishment because it becomes the third National League team where he has won a Gold Glove. Rolen also won it for the St. Louis Cardinals (four times) and the Philadelphia Phillies (three times) before his 2010 win in Cincinnati. This one was well-deserved as well, and he could be in the discussion as one of the best fielding third basemen of all time.
Taking home the Gold Gloves in the outfield were Carlos Gonzalez from Colorado, Michael Bourn from the Houston Astros, and Shane Victorino from Philadelphia. This was the second straight win for Bourn, the third straight for Victorino, and the first time that Gonzalez has won a Gold Glove. Gonzalez burst on to the scene in 2010 not just for his great defense, but for the way he was able to handle the bat. He ended the season with a .336 batting average, 34 home runs, and 117 RBI to thrust his name not just into the Triple Crown race, but into the National League MVP discussions as well.
Rounding out the Gold Glove winners this year were Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo. This is the first time that Arroyo has won the award, but the third straight time that Molina has won it. Molina is one of those catchers whom all base stealers should fear going up against, and he makes that Cardinals pitching staff so much better when he is in the game. There are some competitive defensive positions in the National League, but really most of these winners come away as being quite deserving of the awards.