Pirates McCutchen earns first Gold Glove
Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen dives and catches a ball in St. Louis in a season in which his defense was rewarded with his first Gold Glove.
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Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove award Tuesday night.
McCutchen became the 16th Pirates player to win a Gold Glove and the first since Nate McLouth in 2008. Roberto Clemente won 12 Gold Gloves with the Pirates, and Andy Van Slyke won five.
Major League Baseball managers and coaches voted for the awards.
McCutchen, 26, beat out the Atlanta Braves' Michael Bourn and the Cincinnati Reds' Drew Stubbs, the other two finalists.
McCutchen won despite a minus-6.9 Ultimate Zone Rating, a defensive metric that attempts to quantify how many runs a fielder saved or allowed because of his defense. Bourn had a 22.4 UZR, which led NL center fielders according to Fangraphs.com, and Stubbs ranked third with a 6.8 UZR.
McCutchen also will finish as one of top vote-getters for the National League MVP Award. The winner will be announced Nov. 15.
First Published October 31, 2012 12:00 am