Thursday, November 6, 2008
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NEW YORK - Age is no issue for Greg Maddux when it comes to fielding his position.
The 42-year-old pitcher won his record 18th Gold Glove on Wednesday, while outfielder Shane Victorino of the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies was among five first-time winners in the National League.
Slick shortstop Jimmy Rollins joined Victorino from the Phillies, winning for the second consecutive season. The New York Mets also had two winners: outfielder Carlos Beltran and third baseman David Wright, both of whom repeated as Gold Glovers.
'Winning a Gold Glove is a tremendous honor for me in what was already an amazing season,' Victorino said. 'I take a lot of pride in playing defense and to get the recognition of the managers and coaches around the league is a great compliment.'
Other first-time honorees for defensive excellence were St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina, San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, Cincinnati second baseman Brandon Phillips and Pittsburgh outfielder Nate McLouth.
The Houston Astros, who committed 16 fewer errors than any other major league team, did not have a winner.