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Rodriguez gets 10th Gold Glove

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Texas Rangers catcher Ivan Rodriguez won his 10th straight Gold Glove award Tuesday, tying his idol Johnny Bench for the most by a catcher.

''I can see him winning 12, 13, maybe as many as 14,'' said Bench, the former Cincinnati star and Hall of Famer. ''I don't see why he would stop. He wants to be behind the plate. He thrives on it.''

The only thing that might stop Rodriguez's streak is a position change. Wear and tear behind the plate has led some good-hitting catchers, like Bench, to switch positions to extend their careers.

Rodriguez joined Atlanta right-hander Greg Maddux, and Cleveland second baseman Roberto Alomar as Gold Glove record-setters.

Maddux extended his NL record for pitchers by winning his 12th straight Gold Glove. He trails only Jim Kaat, who won the award 16 times.

Alomar passed former Chicago Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg with his 10th Gold Glove, the most for that position.

He was joined by his Cleveland double-play partner shortstop Omar Vizquel, who won for the ninth straight season. Vizquel trails Ozzie Smith, who took the award 13 times.

Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki and Mike Cameron earned two of the three AL outfield spots. Suzuki made only one error in his first major league season after coming over from Japan.

Torii Hunter of the Minnesota Twins filled out the AL outfield.

Mike Mussina, in his first season with the New York Yankees, was again chosen as the top pitcher in the American League. Mussina won four straight years (1996-99) before Texas' Kenny Rogers broke his streak last season.

Minnesota first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, and Oakland third baseman Eric Chavez round out the AL squad.

Atlanta's Andruw Jones -- who won his fourth straight outfield award in the NL.

The St. Louis Cardinals had two winners, outfielder Jim Edmonds and second baseman Fernando Vina. Edmonds won his second NL award in a row, after winning three in the AL with Anaheim.

Vina took over from Cincinnati's Pokey Reese, who won the past two years.

Colorado also had two players make the team. First baseman Todd Helton broke the run of San Francisco's J.T. Snow, who won six consecutive.

Helton was joined by teammate Larry Walker, who completed the NL outfield.

Scott Rolen of the Philadelphia Phillies won for the third time -- second consecutive -- at third base.

''He is as good a third basemen as I've ever seen play the game,'' said Phillies manager Larry Bowa, who holds the NL career-best fielding percentage for a shortstop.

Houston catcher Brad Ausmus and Montreal shortstop Orlando Cabrera also were honored in the NL winners.

The awards are presented annually by Rawlings to the 18 best fielders at their positions -- nine in each league. Voting is done by managers and coaches, who can't select their own players.

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