Victorino wins second Gold Glove


POSTED: Thursday, November 12, 2009

NEW YORK » Shane Victorino and his Philadelphia Phillies teammates did not repeat as World Series champions this season, but a pair of them did pull off one encore.

Victorino, an outfielder who graduated from Maui's St. Anthony, and shortstop Jimmy Rollins repeated yesterday as NL Gold Glove winners.

Victorino's award was his second, while Rollins took home his third in a row.

“;I take a lot of pride in fielding my position, so it is an honor to be awarded with another Gold Glove this season,”; Victorino, nicknamed the Flyin' Hawaiian for his speed, said in a statement.

Of course, the Gold Gloves were far more rewarding last year, when the Phillies won the World Series for the first time since 1980. Philadelphia failed in its attempt to repeat, losing to the New York Yankees in six games last week.





        National League Gold Glove winners (With position, Gold Gloves won and team):




CYadier Molina2St. Louis
1BAdrian Gonzalez2San Diego
2BOrlando Hudson4Los Angeles
3BRyan Zimmerman1Washington
SSJimmy Rollins3Philadelphia
OFShane Victorino2Philadelphia
OFMichael Bourn1Houston
OFMatt Kemp1Los Angeles
PAdam Wainwright1St. Louis





Victorino's .997 fielding percentage—the product of making only one error—ranked second in the league among outfielders. He ranked sixth with 336 putouts and tied for fifth among NL center fielders with eight assists.

The award earned him a $25,000 bonus.

Ryan Zimmerman succeeded boyhood friend David Wright as the National League's Gold Glove third baseman. In high school, when Zimmerman was a shortstop, the two played together on a youth team.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez also were second-time winners.

Adam Wainwright became the first Cardinals pitcher to win since Joaquin Andujar in 1984 and succeeded Greg Maddux, who won his record 18th Gold Glove last year then retired. Wainwright also is a favorite for the NL Cy Young Award after going 19-8 with a 2.63 ERA.

Dodgers second baseman Orlando Hudson overcame a broken left wrist suffered in August 2008 and won for the fourth time.

Houston outfielder Michael Bourn and Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp also were first-time winners—and gave the NL three center fielders in the Gold Glove outfield.


M's re-sign Griffey

Ken Griffey Jr. and the Mariners agreed to another one-year contract that will keep the popular player in town for what could be his final season.

Griffey, who turns 40 on Nov. 21, was guaranteed $2 million when he signed to return to Seattle for the 2009 season and had the chance to earn more in bonuses.

It is believed Griffey will get a slightly higher base salary, with fewer incentives based upon plate appearances and Mariners home attendance.


Nats keep Riggleman

The Washington Nationals are sticking with Jim Riggleman, dropping his interim tag and making him their manager for 2010, two people in baseball familiar with the team's plans told the Associated Press.

Both people spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The team was planning a news conference for today.

Riggleman was promoted from bench coach to interim manager in July, replacing the fired Manny Acta. The Nationals were 26-61 (a .299 winning percentage) at the time and went 33-42 (.440) under Riggleman, finishing with a major league-worst record of 59-103.


Varitek takes option

Catcher Jason Varitek exercised his $3 million option to stay with the Boston Red Sox, choosing to remain with the team as a backup to Victor Martinez rather than become a free agent.

Boston declined to exercise its $5 million club option on Monday. Varitek then had two days to decide whether to exercise his player option at the lower price.

Since coming to Boston from Seattle in July 1997, Varitek hit .259 with 175 homers and 705 RBIs. But he slumped the past two seasons, hitting .220 in 2008 and then a career-low .209 this year. He also threw out just 10 of 118 runners attempting to steal this year, according to STATS LLC.