(KMOV)-- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and catcher Yadier Molina were awarded Gold Gloves for fielding excellence on Wednesday.
Molina was selected as the National League Gold Glove catcher for the 3rd consecutive season. He joins Mike Matheny and Tom Pagnozzi as the third Cardinals catcher to have won the award three times. Molina led National League catchers in innings, assists and caught stealing percentage. He finished 2nd in catcher’s ERA with a 3.23 mark.
Pujols led National League first basemen in nearly every category, posting the league’s top marks in fielding percentage, total chances, assists, putouts and double plays. Albert paced the Cardinals with 20 defensive “gems” in 2010 and committed a career-low four errors. Pujols owns a franchise record 987 career assists at first base, ranking 52nd all-time among Major Leaguers at the initial sack. Pujols, who won his first Gold Glove in 2006, becomes the third Cardinals first baseman to win multiple Gold Gloves awards, joining Bill White and Keith Hernandez.
The Rawlings Gold Glove awards are voted on by managers and coaches from each league prior to the conclusion of the regular season.