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Yadier Molina Wins Fourth Straight Gold Glove Award

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.

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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.

The Cardinals didn't have anyone else win a Gold Glove, as Albert Pujols failed to retain his title. He won the award last season, but the managers awarded it to Cincinnati's Joey Votto this season.

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