On Tuesday evening, Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals was named the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner for the National League at the catching position. The award is the 32-year-old’s seventh overall, all coming in consecutive seasons and extending his franchise record for the position.
Molina threw out 48 percent of baserunners and committed only two errors while recording a career best .998 fielding percentage in 2014. He missed seven weeks with a thumb injury, returning in late August.
Gold Glove Awards are voted on by league managers and coaches with a sabermetric component called SABR Defensive Index first added in 2013 carrying 25 percent of the score. The final SDI rankings for the 2014 season will be released on Wednesday morning at SABR.org/SDI.
Rawlings also gives out one Platinum Glove Award to the “best defender” in each league. In reality, the award is given to the one of the nine Gold Glove winners who receive the most fan votes cast at this website. Molina won the first two NL Platinum Gloves, in 2011 and 2012.
All 2014 Gold Glove Award winners can be viewed here.
Update: November 8
Molina won the fan vote for the Platinum Glove as the top defender in the NL and has taken it in three of the four years the award has existed. Kansas City's Alex Gordon was awarded the AL Platinum Glove for 2014.
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