Rockies second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, a graduate of Birmingham Brother Rice, is bracing for a big offseason, as he enters free agency.
The offseason got off to a good start Sunday night, when he won his second consecutive Gold Glove, and his third overall.
Among the other Gold Glove winners was Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler, who won his second; his first was with the Tigers in 2016.
Along with Kinsler, Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. won Gold Gloves for the World Series champion Red Sox.
The 26-year-old Betts won for the third straight year and Bradley won for the first time in center. Teammate Andrew Benintendi also was nominated, but Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon took home his sixth Gold Glove instead.
The Atlanta Braves added three Gold Gloves to their surprise NL East title this season. Freddie Freeman and Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo tied for the award at first base, and center fielder Ender Inciarte and right fielder Nick Markakis also were honored for the Braves.
It’s the third straight Gold Glove for Inciarte. Markakis won for the first time in the NL and third time overall, ending Jason Heyward’s run of four in a row.
Oakland, Colorado and Arizona each had two Gold Glove winners in the infield.
First baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman were recognized for the Athletics, and third baseman Nolan Arenado won for the Rockies. Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke got his fifth consecutive Gold Glove award, and teammate Nick Ahmed won for the first time at shortstop.
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina took home his ninth Gold Glove, but his first since 2015. It was a similar situation at catcher in the AL, with Salvador Perez winning for Kansas City for the fifth time after he was unseated by Martin Maldonado last year.
Pittsburgh left fielder Corey Dickerson rounds out the NL winners. Houston pitcher Dallas Keuchel and Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons also won in the AL.