FOURTH TIME’S A CHARM
Since 2012, Rockies fans have had the opportunity to watch third baseman Nolan Arenado perform flawless defensive techniques play-after-play, making routine grounders look like they are second nature, and aiding in outs and double plays that would make any baseball fan fall in love with the game over and over again.
Arenado’s hard work and effortless ability to play baseball have not gone unnoticed. Arenado, often called a “human highlight reel,” just added even more awards to his already long list of accolades this year.
In only his fourth year playing Major League Baseball, Arenado has won his fourth consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Award—a defensive award given to the best player at every position in both the American and National Leagues. He is the first third baseman in history to earn four consecutive Gold Gloves.
Arenado comes in second to Larry Walker—who received five Gold Gloves in his career—and before Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton—with three Gold Gloves each—for Rockies players with the most Gold Gloves.
Arenado was also awarded the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is given to the best defensive player at each fielding position in both leagues. Arenado also won the award in 2015.
In addition to his Gold Glove and Defensive Player of the Year awards, Arenado was awarded a Silver Slugger award, given to the best offensive player in each position for the second year in a row. Arenado won the award alongside his teammate and Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon.
Arenado ended the 2016 season with a .294 batting average (32nd in the MLB), tied at 41 home runs for most in the National League (sixth in the MLB), and had 133 runs batted in (first in the MLB).
It’s safe to say that Arenado not only had an impressive 2016 season but also possessed the numbers to prove it.
At only 25 years old with great success already, Nolan Arenado has a big career ahead of him and many more awards to come. Rockies fans now have the opportunity to witness his already historic career firsthand, at least for one more year anyway.
Arenado is currently signed to a one year, $5 million contract with the Colorado Rockies.