Desmond, LaRoche are Gold Glove finalists

Desmond, LaRoche are Gold Glove finalists
October 29, 2012, 1:00 pm
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Ian Desmond and Adam LaRoche are finalists to win their first Gold Glove awards.

Desmond is one of four National League shortstops up for the award, joining the Marlins' Jose Reyes, the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins and the Reds' Zack Cozart. LaRoche is one of three NL first baseman named finalists, along with the Braves' Freddie Freeman and the Reds' Joey Votto.

All winners will be announced at 9:30 p.m. EDT Tuesday in an awards show televised by ESPN2.

Gold Glove awards are voted on by major-league managers and coaches, who submit their choices in late-September.

Neither Desmond nor LaRoche has ever won the award. Desmond is coming off a breakthrough season in which he was named an All-Star for the first time while excelling in the field. He was charged with 15 errors this year, down from 23 in 2011 and a league-high 34 in 2010.

LaRoche's steadying presence at first base certainly saved Desmond (and the rest of the Nationals infield) from being charged with more errors. The 32-year-old has long been considered one of the best defensive first basemen in the game but has never won an individual honor. LaRoche's .995 fielding percentage this season was bested by only one other NL first baseman: Carlos Lee (.996).

Only one Nationals player has ever won a Gold Glove award: Ryan Zimmerman, who was honored in 2009.