Even though the Royals didn’t make the playoffs this season, one player is still feeling golden.
Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., and ESPN announced that Salvador Perez has won his fourth-straight American League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
Perez is the third Royal to be honored with a Gold Glove Award in four-straight years, joining teammate Alex Gordon (2011-14) and Frank White, who won six straight (1977-82).
The awards were voted on by coaches and managers from the American and National Leagues. They honor the best individual fielding performances at each position in both leagues.
Along with Perez, Gordon and first baseman Eric Hosmer were both nominated for Gold Glove Awards this year.
With the addition of another Gold Glove, Perez became the first American League catcher to win four consecutive awards or more since Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who won 10-straight (1992-2001). The only other Royals catcher to win the Gold Glove Award is Bob Boone, who won in 1989.
Perez led AL catchers in games played for the third consecutive season, while his 550 contests since 2013 are the most in the Majors, 32 more than St. Louis’ Yadier Molina.
13 Royals have won a total of 30 Gold Gloves in the franchise’s history. White won the award eight times. Gordon won four times, outfielder Amos Otis and Hosmer won it three times. Outfielder Al Cowens, outfielder Willie Wilson, third baseman George Brett, Boone, pitcher Bret Saberhagen, outfielder Jermaine Dye, second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and shortstop Alcides Escobar all won it once.
Perez will be presented with the Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Friday, Nov. 11 in New York City.
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