Gold Glove winners handed out for 2018 MLB season

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/oak" data-ylk="slk:Oakland Athletics">Oakland Athletics</a> third baseman <a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/players/10205/" data-ylk="slk:Matt Chapman">Matt Chapman</a> was among the winners of the annual Gold Glove awards on Sunday, the annual award given to the top defenders across Major League Baseball. (Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was among the winners of the annual Gold Glove awards on Sunday, the annual award given to the top defenders across Major League Baseball. (Getty Images)

Baseball’s award season kicked off on Sunday, starting with the best defenders in Major League Baseball.

Rawlings, like it does every November, handed out the Gold Glove awards on Sunday night, awarding the top defender at each position across both leagues from last season.

Among notable winners this season are St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, who won his ninth Gold Glove award. Molina won eight straight awards from 2008-15 before picking up his ninth this year. There was an unusual tie in the National League at first base, too, as the Atlanta BravesFreddie Freeman and the Chicago CubsAnthony Rizzo both won the award. Rizzo picked up his second award, his first since 2016, and Freeman won his first.

Here are the position-by-position Gold Glove winners:

SHORTSTOP
AL: Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
NL: Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks

THIRD BASE
AL: Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics
NL: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

SECOND BASE
AL: Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox
NL: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

FIRST BASE
AL: Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics
NL: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves; Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

CATCHER
AL: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
NL: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

LEFT FIELD
AL: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
NL: Corey Dickerson, Pittsburgh Pirates

RIGHT FIELD
AL: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
NL: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

CENTER FIELD
AL: Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox
NL: Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves

PITCHER
AL: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
NL: Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

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