Gold Glove winners handed out for 2018 MLB season

Baseball’s award season kicked off on Sunday, starting with the best defenders in Major League Baseball.

Rawlings, like it does every November, handed out the Gold Glove awards on Sunday night, awarding the top defender at each position across both leagues from last season.

Among notable winners this season are St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who won his ninth Gold Glove award. Molina won eight straight awards from 2008-15 before picking up his ninth this year. There was an unusual tie in the National League at first base, too, as the Atlanta Braves’ Freddie Freeman and the Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo both won the award. Rizzo picked up his second award, his first since 2016, and Freeman won his first.

Here are the position-by-position Gold Glove winners:

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First base, AL: Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics

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First base, NL: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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First base, NL: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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Second base, AL: Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox

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Second base, NL: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

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Third base, AL: Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics

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Third base, NL: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Shortstop, AL: Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels

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Shortstop, NL: Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Catcher, AL: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

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Catcher, NL: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

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Left field, AL: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

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Left field, NL: Corey Dickerson, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Center field, AL: Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox

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Center field, NL: Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves

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Right field, AL: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

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Right field, NL: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

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Pitcher, AL: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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Pitcher, NL: Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

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