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AL right fielder: Nick Markakis, Baltimore Orioles
This is Markakis' first Gold Glove, but is long overdue. He has a career .992 fielding percentage — first among active AL right fielders. Markakis finished the 2011 season with a perfect fielding percentage in 325 chances. The 27-year-old had 14 assists, including three double plays, in 157 games in right field. He also appeared in three games as a first baseman and one at designated hitter.
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2011 Gold Glove winners
Rawlings announced its NL and AL Gold Glove winners Nov. 1 and nine first-timers were among those chosen. Managers and coaches vote for players in their leagues and can't pick players on their own teams. Breaking with the recent format, outfielders were picked for specific spots. See who ranked as the best defender at each position. The 18 winners will be eligible for the inaugural Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, with the winner to be determined by fan voting, Nov. 1-7. The winners will be announced on Nov. 11 at the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony in New York.
NL pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw won his first Gold Glove after a stellar all-around season. The 23-year-old pitched 233.1 innings without committing an error, which led NL pitchers, and also led the NL with nine pickoffs.
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AL pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Chicago White Sox
Buehrle won his third career Gold Glove. He is the first pitcher with multiple no-hitters and Gold Gloves. His phenomenal defensive play at 1B on Opening Day likely stuck with voters. Buehrle is the lone AL holdover, winning for the third straight year.
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NL catcher: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
Molina, who threw out 44 percent of opposing basestealers, won his fourth Gold Glove, becoming the first NL catcher to win in four straight years since Charles Johnson from 1995-98. He finished second among NL catchers in innings (1,150), sixth in assists (67), fourth in fielding percentage (.995) and fourth in percentage of runners caught stealing (29.2 percent). Known for his extremely strong arm, Molina allowed the fewest stolen bases of any of the eight qualifying catchers in the NL (46).
AL catcher: Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
Wieters won his first Gold Glove. The 25-year-old Wieters was an anchor for the Orioles' young pitching staff and, along with fellow nominees Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski and Detroit's Alex Avila, ended the 2011 season tied for the lead among AL catchers with a .995 fielding percentage. Selected to his first career All-Star Game, Wieters committed five errors, allowed one passed ball and threw out 37 percent of would-be base stealers.
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NL first baseman: Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
This is Votto's first Gold Glove. He's worked hard to improve his defense, and this season ranked third in the NL with a .996 fielding percentage, committing just six errors all season.
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AL first baseman: Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox
This is Gonzalez's third Gold Glove, but his first in the AL. He finished second among AL first baseman with a .998 fielding percentage and led in games, starts, innings and assists, all while making just four errors.
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NL second baseman: Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
This is Phillips' third Gold Glove. He had a .992 fielding percentage that ranked him fifth in the majors among second basemen. He committed only six errors out of 721 total chances and led NL second basemen in defensive runs saved.
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AL second baseman: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
This is Pedroia's second Gold Glove. He played the entire season with a screw inside of his surgically repaired left foot. He set single-season Red Sox records for a second baseman by playing in 159 games and 1,392 1/3 innings. Pedroia ranked second in the AL in putouts, third in total chances, third in assists and fourth in double plays turned. He ranked second among AL second basemen in putouts.
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NL third baseman: Placido Polanco, Philadelphia Phillies
This is Polanco's third Gold Glove. This season, Polanco started 115 games at third base for Philadelphia, making eight errors for a .977 fielding percentage. He was second in the NL in defensive runs saved.
AL third baseman: Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
This is Beltre's third Gold Glove. He led AL third basemen in defensive runs saved. Beltre made just 11 errors in 112 games at third base. His .965 fielding percentage was his best since 2006 when it was .968. He ranked third in the league with 2.86 total chances per nine innings and did not commit an error in his final 41 regular season games.
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NL shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
Tulowitzki wins his second Gold Glove; he also won last year. He led the NL in fielding percentage. Tulowitzki becomes the youngest NL shortstop to earn two Gold Gloves since Ozzie Smith in 1981.
AL shortstop: Erick Aybar, Los Angeles Angels
This is Aybar's first Gold Glove. He posted a .980 fielding percentage to tie for third among AL shortstops, committed just 13 errors in 659 total chances, totaled 240 putouts, 406 assists and tied for the AL lead by participating in 102 double plays.
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NL left fielder: Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks
This is Parra's first Gold Glove. He led NL outfielders with 12 assists before the league finally stopped running on him as the season wound down. He made only two errors and participated in five double plays.
NL center fielder: Matt Kemp, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kemp had an outstanding offensive season but also excelled in the field, winning his second Gold Glove. Kemp led all NL center fielders and tied for third among all NL outfielders with 11 assists in his Major League-high 1380.0 innings played in center field this season. Since 2008, the 27-year-old ranks fourth among Major League outfielders with 44 assists.
NL right fielder: Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers
Andre Ethier won his first Gold Glove. Ethier played 1,091.1 innings in the field without committing an error this season and joined Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino as the only National League qualifiers at any position with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Ethier led all Major League right fielders with a .903 zone rating and tied for 15th among NL outfielders with eight assists.
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AL left fielder: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
This is Gordon's first Gold Glove. He led the major leagues this year with 20 outfield assists, half of which cut down a runner at the plate.
AL center fielder: Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox
This is Ellsbury's first Gold Glove. He didn't make any errors in 394 total chances and led AL center fielders in starts, innings and putouts. He also posted an outstanding offensive season.