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Starling Marte wins Gold Glove award

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Starling Marte won his first Gold Glove award Tuesday night for his defense in left field. Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen, who were both finalists at their positions, did not win awards, with those going to Zack Greinke and A.J. Pollock, respectively.

Anyway, Marte is a highly deserving winner, and he rated as significantly better, at least on a statistical basis, than either of the other two left field finalists, Justin Upton and Christian Yelich. Marte was highly impressive from a visual perspective too, covering tons of ground in PNC Park's huge left field and limiting opposing baserunners with a laser of an arm. In a Pirates defense that relied more heavily on positioning than on its players' actual defensive abilities, Marte stood out as a player who was very, very good in the field. May he have many more Gold Gloves in his future.

Here are the rest of this year's winners.

Catcher
NL: Yadier Molina
AL: Salvador Perez

Shortstop
NL: Brandon Crawford
AL: Alcides Escobar

First base
NL: Paul Goldschmidt
AL: Eric Hosmer

Second base
NL: Dee Gordon
AL: Jose Altuve

Third base
NL: Nolan Arenado
AL: Manny Machado

Left field
NL: Starling Marte
AL: Yoenis Cespedes

Center field
NL: A.J. Pollock
AL: Kevin Kiermaier

Right field
NL: Jason Heyward
AL: Kole Calhoun

Pitcher
NL: Zack Greinke
AL: Dallas Keuchel

Some highlights of Marte's defensive season: