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Nick Ahmed and Zack Greinke win Gold Glove Awards

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It’s the first for our shortstop, but the fifth in a row for Greinke.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the second year in a row the D-backs have taken home two honors, the first time they’ve done so in franchise history. Last year, it was Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Over the first eighteen seasons, from 1998-2016, the team managed five Gold Gloves, a total they have almost matched in the two years since. Ahmed became the first shortstop winner with the Diamondbacks, and the 28-year-old was tied with the AngelsAndrelton Simmons for the major-league lead in defensive runs saved at the position, with 21. It was also the most runs saved at any position in the National League. Ahmed’s total was the third-best in franchise history, behind right fielder Gerardo Parra in 2013 (32) and second baseman Craig Counsell in 2005 (30). Ahmed made only nine errors in 606 total chances, and his .985 fielding percentage was second among NL shortstops (Freddy Galvis, .986).

Zack Greinke has become as close as a lock to the position as anyone not named Yadier Molina, joining Bob Gibson and Greg Maddux in winning the award for five years in a row [he still has some way to catch Maddux, who took the Gold Glove for pitchers in thirteen consecutive seasons from 1990-2002!] It was his third win as a Diamondback, tying Goldschmidt for most by a player for the franchise - Goldy has been the recipient in odd years, going back to 2013, so I’m betting on him for next season! Greinke didn’t make an error, and had an MLB high 57 total chances, the most errorless by a NL pitcher since Adam Wainwright/STL in 2013 (61).

Fun fact: Greinke has an active errorless streak of 84 starts (525.0 IP) dating back to May 12, 2016. But that’s not even the longest active streak on the Diamondbacks, as Patrick Corbin has gone 86 starts without an error. The longest active streak in the NL belongs to Jon Lester (103), with Madison Bumgarner (98) also ahead of the Diamondbacks duo. Jon Jay was also nominated in right field, but lost out to the Braves’ Nick Markakis. Here are some video clips of both Greinke and Ahmed in action.

The full list of winners are as follows.

National League

  • Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks (fifth award)
  • Catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals (ninth)
  • First base: Freddie Freeman, Braves (first) and Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (second) - joint
  • Second base: D.J. LeMahieu, Rockies (third)
  • Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (first)
  • Third base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (sixth)
  • Left field: Corey Dickerson, Pirates (first)
  • Center field: Ender Inciarte, Braves (third)
  • Right field: Nick Markakis, Braves (third)​

American League

  • Pitcher: Dallas Keuchel, Astros (fourth award)
  • Catcher: Salvador Perez, Royals (fifth)
  • First base: Matt Olson, Athletics (first)
  • Second base: Ian Kinsler, Red Sox (second)
  • Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons, Angels (fourth)
  • Third base: Matt Chapman, Athletics (first)
  • Left field: Alex Gordon, Royals (sixth)
  • Center field: Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox (first)
  • Right field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (third)