Finally! Wong wins first Gold Glove

Wong led NL second basemen in total chances (671) and assists (412), while finishing second in double plays (103).

Tom Ackerman
November 03, 2019 - 6:57 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- Finally, Kolten Wong has his Gold Glove.

The Cardinals' second baseman, regularly one of the best fielders at his position, can now claim the game's top defensive award among National Leaguers. Wong was announced Sunday by Rawlings as the pick over the Braves' Ozzie Albies and the Pirates' Adam Frazier.

Wong led NL second basemen in total chances (671) and assists (412), while finishing second in double plays (103). In addition to his ability to make the routine play, he dazzled crowds all season long with acrobatic plays that filled highlight reels... or simply went viral on their own.

"Kolten's Gold Glove selection is a well-deserved honor, and the Cardinals are extremely proud of his 2019 season," president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said in a statement. "Kolten is continually working hard to refine his defensive skills, and he takes great pride in his performance on the field."

The Cardinals committed 66 errors, the lowest in the majors.

"Congratulations to Kolten on winning his first Gold Glove award," said Cardinals manager Mike Shildt. "Kolten has spent many years working on his craft and it's well deserved that he is being recognized as an elite defender."

The Cardinals did have some players passed over for the award. All finished in the top 3 at their respective positions:

- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, winner for the third time, was picked over Paul Goldschmidt.

- Paul DeJong did not win after receiving his first nomination at shortstop... that honor went to the Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed.

- Harrison Bader missed out in center field, with the Brewers' Lorenzo Cain winning a Gold Glove for the first time.

- Zack Greinke won the award for National League pitchers for his time at Arizona. Jack Flaherty had been nominated as a finalist at that position.

- Yadier Molina was unable to capture his 10th Gold Glove... J.T. Realmuto of the Phillies won at catcher in the NL.

The voting process involves each manager and up to six coaches on each team's staff. Those managers and coaches cannot vote for players on their own team. Rawlings adds a sabermetric component that comprises of approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total.