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Atlanta's Golden Outfield

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With the announcement of the Gold Glove winners came one expected name and one surprise for the Braves. Andruw Jones, whom the Braves said will not be brought back next season, took home his tenth straight Gold Glove and joining him for the first time is right fielder Jeff Francoeur. The outfield Gold Gloves annually awarded are usually dominated by center fielders so just to see the young Georgia-native win along with Jones, Carlos Beltran, and Aaron Rowand is quite a surprise. I guess it is baseball's wedding gift to him. Francoeur's 19 outfield assists tied him for the most in baseball but for a vote very much dependent on errors and fielding percentage I am still shaking my head a bit. The right fielder's five errors put him right in the middle of the pack among baseball's right fielders. I', not saying that tells a whole lot but it is what the voters usually look at. Andruw finished yet another spectacular season despite the critics who say he has lost a step. It seemed that night in and night out Andruw was making a play you wouldn't have seen out of anyone else. Though his '07 campaign was miserable at the plate and I can't say I'll lose sleep now that he's gone, his defense in center for almost the past decade is something that can't be replaced. I wish him all the best of luck as he closes in on the record of 12 outfield Gold Gloves held by Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente. Two more notes:
  • Former Brave Greg Maddux surpassed both Jim Kaat and Brooks Robinson on the all-time Gold Gloves list with seventeen.
  • The Braves with two Gold Glove winners tied with Detroit, Seattle, Minnesota, the Mets, and Philadelphia for the most winners.
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