Molina reclaims crown with ninth Gold Glove


MLB.com ST. LOUIS -- Already one of the most decorated defenders at the catching position in Major League history, Yadier Molina added a ninth Gold Glove award to his collection on Sunday by beating out fellow National League finalists Manny Pina and Buster Posey.

This Gold Glove pushes Molina closer to catching royalty, as only Johnny Bench (10) and Ivan Rodriguez (13) won more at the catching position.After winning the honor eight consecutive seasons from 2008-15, Molina was beat out by Posey ('16) and Tucker Barnhart ('17) before reclaiming the award at the age of 36. Molina ties Bob Gibson for the second-most Gold Glove awards in Cardinals history. Only Ozzie Smith, with 13, won more.• 2018 Gold Glove winners | More awardsThough he was a top-three finisher among NL second basemen for the first time in his career, Kolten Wong fell short of joining Molina as a Gold Glove winner.

Colorado's DJ LeMahieu beat him out in a vote that included two components -- voting by managers and coaches (75 percent) and the SABR Defensive Index (25 percent).


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