Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Maddux Picks Up Record 18th Gold Glove

That's something like, one for each of his fingers! Wow.

In what likely amounts as a parting gift, Maddux won the award Wednesday for the 18th time in the past 19 years, the unprecedented streak somehow interrupted in 2003 by Mike Hampton. The award is voted by managers and coaches in each league.

The 42-year-old Maddux, said by agent Scott Boras to be retiring after his 23rd Major League season, has two more career Gold Glove awards than the next closest players, Jim Kaat and Brooks Robinson. The next closest pitcher is Bob Gibson with nine.

Maddux made one error in 17 chances with the Dodgers after being acquired in an Aug. 19 trade from San Diego for a pair of Minor League pitchers. He also committed two errors while with San Diego.

Three errors all year long? Shee-oot, Raffy had as many in one NLCS game!

In all seriousness, congratulations, Professor.