If the St. Louis Cardinals were in the music business and they had as many gold records as they do Gold Gloves, the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame would be calling. And though Cleveland’s Rock Hall won’t be reaching out, Cooperstown might. On Sunday, the Cardinals were rewarded for their ability to take away hits, earning five Gold Glove awards — an MLB record.
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On Sunday evening, more than half of the St. Louis starting defense was awarded the fielding honor. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt, second baseman Tommy Edman, third baseman Nolan Arenado, left fielder Tyler O’Neil, and center fielder Harrison Bader all took home hardware. The five awards give the Cardinals 95 Gold Gloves all-time, which is 24 more than any other franchise.
For Edman and Bader, Sunday marked the first time either had been awarded a Gold Glove, while St. Louis’ other three award-winners are accustomed to praise for their defensive prowess. Arenado is a nine-time winner, Goldschmidt’s taken home the gold four times, and O’Neil now has two awards atop his mantle.
“Everybody’s on the same wavelength. We’re surrounded by positive energy. We’re all moving in the right direction together,” Bader told ESPN upon being announced as Gold Glove recipient. “To be around that talent, especially on the defensive side is amazing. I couldn’t imagine any other way.”
Despite hitting all the right notes defensively, the Cardinals were unable to drum up any post-season noise. St. Louis lost to the Dodgers in a one-game playoff in early October.
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