Seattle outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. and Atlanta pitcher Greg Maddux received their ninth consecutive Gold Glove awards Monday, while San Francisco outfielder Barry Bonds collected his eighth.
The annual awards, presented by Rawlings, honor 18 of baseball's best fielders -- one from each position in both the American and National leagues. The winners were selected by major league managers and coaches who cannot vote for players from their own teams.
Maddux' award tied him with Bob Gibson, formerly of St. Louis, for the most awards by an NL pitcher.
Texas' Ivan Rodriguez got his seventh Gold Glove, surpassing Jim Sundberg, formerly of the Rangers, for the most awards to an AL catcher.
Cincinnati second baseman Bret Boone received his first award, marking the second time a father-son combination won the honor. Boone's father, Bob, a catcher, won seven Gold Gloves.
Bonds and his father, Bobby, also an outfielder, were the first father-son pair to collect awards.
Other American Leaguers winning Gold Gloves this year were Baltimore first baseman Rafael Palmeiro, Orioles second baseman Roberto Alomar, Chicago third baseman Robin Ventura, Cleveland shortstop Omar Vizquel, outfielders Jim Edmonds of Anaheim and Bernie Williams of New York, and Baltimore pitcher Mike Mussina.
The other NL winners were San Francisco first baseman J.T. Snow, Philadelphia third baseman Scott Rolen, New York shortstop Rey Ordonez, outfielders Larry Walker of Colorado and Andruw Jones of Atlanta, and Los Angeles catcher Charles Johnson.
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