Two St. Louis Cardinals All-Stars - catcher Yadier Molina and first baseman Albert Pujols - were voted to the Rawlings National League Gold Glove team for fielding excellence in an announcement made on Wednesday.
Molina was tabbed as the N.L. Gold Glove catcher for the third consecutive season (2008-10). He joins Mike Matheny (2000, 2003-04) and Tom Pagnozzi (1991-92, 1994) as the third Cardinals catcher to have won the award three times.
Molina led N.L. catchers in innings (1138.0), assists (79) and caught stealing pct. (44%) and finished 2nd in catcher’s ERA with a 3.23 mark.
Pujols paced N.L. first basemen in nearly every category, posting the league’s top marks in fielding pct. (.998), total chances (1619), assists (157), putouts (1458) and double plays (146). Albert paced the Cardinals with 20 defensive “gems” in 2010 and committed a career-low four errors. Despite not becoming the team’s everyday first baseman until 2004, Pujols owns a franchise record 987 career assists at first base, ranking 52nd all-time among Major Leaguers at the initial sack.
Pujols, who won his first Gold Glove in 2006, becomes the third Cardinals first baseman to win multiple Gold Glove awards, joining Bill White (six selections; 1960-65) and Keith Hernandez (five selections; 1979-82).
The Rawlings Gold Glove awards are voted on by managers and coaches from each league prior to the conclusion of the regular season.