Adrian Gonzalez wins Rawlings Gold Glove

San Diego, CA - Rawlings Sporting Goods Company announced today that San Diego Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez has won a 2008 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award.

With his first Rawlings Gold Glove, Adrian Gonzalez becomes the first Padres first baseman to garner the award. He also becomes the ninth Padre overall to win the award, bringing the total number won by San Diego players to 20. Additionally, this marks the third consecutive season in which a Padres player has been honored with a Rawlings Gold Glove.

The 26-year-old Gonzalez appeared in 161 games at first base this season (1417.1 innings), committing six errors in 1,442 total chances with a career-high .996 fielding percentage. He led National League first basemen in games played and innings played, while also ranking among league leaders at the position in putouts (4th, 1,306), assists (4th, 130), double plays (2nd, 129) and fielding percentage (2nd). Gonzalez ranked third among all Major Leaguers in innings played.

Gonzalez' defensive performance complemented a career-year at the plate in which he hit .279 (172-for-616) with 32 doubles, one triple, 36 home runs, 119 RBI and 103 runs scored. He set career-highs in home runs, RBI, runs scored and slugging percentage (.510).

Presented annually, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award recognizes the best fielders at each position for both the American and National Leagues. Managers and coaches of each team select a squad of the best defensemen in their league, excluding their own team. Attached is a complete look at the Padres all-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners.

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