Greg Maddux Wins 2006 Gold Glove

Pitcher Greg Maddux, in his first season -- or part-season --with the Dodgers, won his 16th Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He joins Andy Messersmith who won twice (1974-75), Fernando Valenzuela (1986) and Orel Hershiser (1988).

Pitcher Greg Maddux, in his first season -- or part-season --with the Dodgers, won his 16th Rawlings Gold Glove Award. He joins Andy Messersmith who won twice (1974-75), Fernando Valenzuela (1986) and Orel Hershiser (1988). Greg Maddux's 16th Gold Glove tied the record shared by pitcher Jim Kaat and third baseman Brooks Robinson.

Maddux, traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31, has won the NL pitching award each year since 1990 except for 2003, when Atlanta's Mike Hampton broke the streak.

Rawlings has presented Gold Gloves annually since 1957 based on voting by managers and coaches before the end of the regular season. They may not select players on their own teams, and they vote only for players in their own league.

The complete National League list:

P -- Greg Maddux, Cubs/Dodgers
C - Brad Ausmus, Houston
1B - Albert Pujols, St. Louis
2B- Orlando Hudson, Arizona
3B- Scott Roland, St. Louis
SS - Omar Vizquel, San Francisco
OF - Andrew Jones, Atlanta
OF - Carlos Beltran, New York
Of - Mike Cameron, San Diego

Vizquel won his 11th Gold Glove, Jones his ninth, Rolen won his seventh, Ausmus won his third, Cameron his third but first in the N.L., Hudson won his second but first in N.L. and Pujols and Beltran won their first.

Maddux is the first Dodger to win the award since Cesar Izturis and Steve Finley in 2004.

In 1957, the initial season the award was made, Gil Hodges won the first of his three gloves. He also won in 1958 and 1959. Hodges started a trend of Dodger first base Gold Glove winners, including six straight for Wes Parker 1967-72 and four straight awards for Garvey 1974-77.

Center fielder Willie Davis was a three-time award winner. Shortstop Maury Wills won twice as did catcher John Roseboro, pitcher Andy Messersmith and right fielder Raul Mondesi. A Dodgers third baseman has never won a Gold Glove despite the sustained brilliance of Adrian Beltré during his 1998-2004 tour of duty with the Dodgers.
The complete of Dodger winners:

1957 - Gil Hodges, 1B
1958 - Gil Hodges, 1B
1959 - Gil Hodges, 1B
1959 - Charlie Neal, 2B
1960 - Wally Moon, OF
1961 - John Roseboro, C
1961 - Maury Wills, SS
1962 - Maury Wills, SS
1966 - John Roseboro, C
1967 - Wes Parker, 1B
1968 - Wes Parker, 1B
1969 - Wes Parker, 1B
1970 - Wes Parker, 1B
1971 - Wes Parker, 1B
1971 - Willie Davis, OF
1972 - Wes Parker, 1B
1972 - Willie Davis, OF
1973 - Willie Davis, OF
1974 - Steve Garvey, 1B
1974 - Andy Messersmith, P
1975- -Steve Garvey, 1B
1975 - Andy Messersmith, P
1976 - Steve Garvey, 1B
1977 - Steve Garvey, 1B
1978 - Davey Lopes, 2B
1981 - Dusty Baker, OF
1986 - Fernando Valenzuela, P
1988 - Orel Hershiser, P
1995 - Raul Mondesi, OF
1997 - Raul Mondesi, OF
1998 - Charles Johnson, C
2004 - Cesar Izturis, SS
2004 - Steve Finley, OF
2006 - Greg Maddux
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