ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 22: Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers is called out at home plate by umpire Alfonso Marquez after the tag by Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning during Game Three of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove award on Tuesday, making him the first National League catcher to win four straight since 1998.
It's not a particularly big surprise, but St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was awarded the Gold Glove award tonight as the National League's best defender at the position. Voted on by the league's managers, Rawlings announced the award winners on Tuesday.
Molina, 29, becomes the first catcher to win four consecutive Gold Gloves for the National League since Charles Johnson did it from 1995 to 1998 as a member of the Florida Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers. He played in 139 games for the Cardinals this season and was their primary catcher during the team's run towards the World Series. It's Molina's second World Series ring, so he's really added some weight to his mantle with an impressive 2011 campaign.
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