Pirates' Marte wins Gold Glove Award for 2nd straight season
Pirates left fielder Starling Marte on Tuesday cemented his status as one of the top defenders in the majors by winning his second straight Gold Glove Award.
Marte beat out left fielders Christian Yelich of the Miami Marlins and Adam Duvall of the Cincinnati Reds.
Marte led the NL with 17 outfield assists, the most by a Pirate since Dave Parker had 26 in 1977.
Over the past two seasons, Marte has 33 outfield assists. That's the most in back-to-back years by a Pirate since Parker had 38 in 1977-78.
Marte also topped the majors this year with 16 baserunner kills (direct throws to a base that retired a runner). Runner-up Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers had nine kills last season.
Throws accounted for nine of Marte's big league-leading 19 defensive runs saved in left field.
The Gold Glove winners are decided by a combination of statistical analysis and polling by big league managers and coaches, who vote within their league and are not permitted to select players from their own teams.
After Marte won his first Gold Glove Award, teammate Andrew McCutchen said there would be more to come.
“Marte deserved that Gold Glove,” McCutchen said last February as he watched Marte slip on the specially designed Rawlings mitt with a gold oval on the wrist strap. “It shows he's moving in the right direction. He has the tools to continue to do that, to get better and win more Gold Gloves.”
Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente won a franchise-record 12 Gold Gloves from 1961-72. Other Pirates outfielders to claim the honor are Andy Van Slyke (five), Barry Bonds (three), Parker (three), Bill Virdon (one), Nate McLouth (one) and McCutchen (one).
Among the Pirates' Gold Glove winners, only Marte and Bonds are primarily left fielders.
Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.