Some Golden Love
The accolades began to roll in Tuesday night for the Nationals tremendous 2012 season. Rawlings announced that Adam LaRoche has been awarded the 2012 National League Gold Glove at first base. It is the first such award for the nine-year Major League veteran, who logged a .995 fielding percentage as the anchor of the Washington infield, committing just seven errors in over 1,320 innings played.
Perhaps LaRoche’s greatest defensive value lies in his ability to help his fellow infielders out by being a great defensive receiver on throws across the infield. Whether picking balls off the short-hop or crossing the bag into foul ground – as he does masterfully in the clip below – few are as solid and as smooth as LaRoche at helping their teammates.
However, LaRoche can also flash the leather on his own, as he showed on the play below in extra innings against the Braves back in August.
Congrats to Adam LaRoche for a well-deserved award, hopefully the first of many for Nationals players, coaches and executives following this historic season.