At 4:00 PM Rawlings announced their 2007 Gold Glove winners, and named New York Mets, David Wright and Carlos Beltran as winners in the National League.
For David Wright, it is first Gold Glove, winning the award after his third full season. For Carlos Beltran it was his second time, as he also won a Gold Glove for the first time in 2006.
Mets.com reminds us that Wright became the second Mets third baseman to win a Gold Glove; Robin Ventura won in 1999, the same year shortstop teammate Rey Ordonez won his third. This year and 1999 are the only years the Mets have had more than one winner. The club now has won 17, six by first baseman Keith Hernandez (1983-1988). Beltran and Ordonez are the only other Mets to win more than one.
Wright was elected over the Cardinals’ Scott Rolen, who had won the National League Gold Glove for third basemen in seven of the previous nine years, including last season, and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals.
Beltran continues to shine as a defender while roaming the vast centerfield of Shea Stadium, and making some highlight reel catches in 2007 including an unbelievable catch in Houston against the Astros.
Congratulations to Carlos Beltran and David Wright!
Here is the complete list of Gold Glove winners.
P- Johan Santana
C- Pudge Rodriguez
1B- Kevin Youkilis
2B- Placido Polaco
SS- Orlando Cabrera
3B- Adrain Beltre
OF- Ichiro Suzuki
OF- Torii Hunter
OF- Grady Sizemore
P- Greg Maddux
C – Russell Martin
1B- Derrick Lee
2B- Orlando Hudson
SS- Jimmy Rollins
3B- David Wright
OF- Carlos Beltran
OF- Andruw Jones
OF- Jeff Francoeur/Aaron Rowand Tied
One more thing… can we please stop suggesting that we move David Wright from third base… PLEASE!