Good as Gold: Posey, Rizzo, Lindor among Gold Glove winners
NEW YORK -- Catch this: Buster Posey is the new Gold Glove backstop in the National League.
The San Francisco Giants star unseated Yadier Molina behind the plate Tuesday when Rawlings announced its annual honors for fielding excellence. Posey was picked as the NL catcher, ending Molina's eight-year reign with St. Louis.
"I don't know if it makes it any more special or not that he had won it eight years in a row because I think I'd be happy with it either way," Posey said on a conference call. "This one's up there for me. I'm a firm believer you win ballgames with pitching and defense."
Other winners in the NL were Atlanta center fielder Ender Inciarte, Pittsburgh left fielder Starling Marte, and first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right fielder Jason Heyward from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.
Young shortstop Francisco Lindor from AL champion Cleveland was a first-time winner, along with Texas first baseman Mitch Moreland, Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler, New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner and Boston right fielder Mookie Betts.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was rewarded for the fifth time overall.
"I'm pretty surprised an old man like me can win the Gold Glove," said the 37-year-old Beltre, who was thrilled Moreland won as well.
"I think I'm happier for him than for me because for the last couple of years, he has played such a great defensive first base and was never recognized," Beltre said. "Most of my mistakes are throwing the ball and Mitch has saved me so many errors and makes things look easier for me."
Votes are submitted in September by managers and coaches who cannot choose their own players. Three years ago, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Gold Glove selection process as well.
AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco, AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Arlington, Texas, and AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.
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