While Adrian Gonzalez awaits the results to learn whether he’ll win the fourth Gold Glove of his career, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first baseman was recognized for his defensive prowess Thursday.
For the first time in his career, Gonzalez was one of 10 players to win a 2014 Fielding Bible Award. The publication also expressed surprise in Gonzalez’s first time winning the award and called him the best first baseman over the last six seasons:
Adrian Gonzalez has been the best defensive first baseman in baseball over the last six seasons but somehow he has never won a Fielding Bible Award. Until now. Gonzalez wins his first Fielding Bible Award, leading all of baseball’s first basemen by saving 11 runs defensively for the Dodgers in 2014. That brings his six-year total to 62 runs saved, 12 more than Albert Pujols’ second-place total of 50. Every aspect of Gonzalez’s defensive game is superb. He fields his position well, does a great job with difficult throws, and handles bunts and double plays with the best of them. But he’s not flashy. Just consistently excellent.”
A breakdown of the voting reveals Gonzalez earned first-place votes from seven of the panelists and four second-place votes for a total of 110 points. Finishing in second place was Cubs’ first basemen Anthony Rizzo with 79 points.
Gonzalez committed just six errors in 2014 and finished the season with a .996 fielding percentage, which was third-best among all first baseman. Compared to 2013, Gonzalez played in six more games, and managed to lower his total number of errors and subsequently raised his fielding percentage.
Along with providing a steady glove for the Dodgers at first base, Gonzalez has been a consistent contributor from the heart of the lineup. He went through a slump this season and admitted to trying to alter his mechanics before returning to his usual swing and reaping the benefits.
Gonzalez is the first Dodger to win a Fielding Bible Award.