Nolan Arenado

Nolan James Arenado (/ˌærəˈnɑːdoʊ/; born April 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Rockies in 2013. Arenado has been considered among the top third basemen in the league both for his contributions as a hitter for power and average, as well as his defensive range and arm strength. He is the only infielder to win the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in each of his first six MLB seasons.

A native of Newport Beach, California, Arenado attended El Toro High School in nearby Lake Forest before becoming the Rockies' second-round selection in the 2009 MLB draft. Defensive accolades in addition to his six Gold Gloves include three consecutive of both the Fielding Bible and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards for his position. A four-time selection to the MLB All-Star Game, he is a four-time Silver Slugger Award winner and has twice led the league in both home runs and runs batted in (RBI), and as of 2018 led all major leaguers in RBI since the start of the 2015 season.

During his minor league career, Arenado was a two-time All-Star Futures Game selection, and led the minor leagues in RBI in 2011 with 155 over 163 total games. In 2016, Arenado became the youngest player in Rockies franchise history to reach 100 home runs. He played for the United States national team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC), winning Team USA's first gold medal in a WBC tournament. He hit for the cycle on June 18, 2017, and became the sixth player in history to finish off such a performance with a walk-off home run. In 2017, he became the 11th major leaguer and first third baseman in history to drive in 130 or more runs in three successive seasons. Arenado is of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent.

Nolan Arenado
Nolan Arenado (27962807183) (cropped)
Arenado with the Colorado Rockies in 2016
Colorado Rockies – No. 28
Third baseman
Born: April 16, 1991 (age 28)
Newport Beach, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 2013, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through June 18, 2019)
Batting average.294
Home runs204
Runs batted in676
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Early life and amateur career

Nolan James Arenado was born in Newport Beach, California, and raised in nearby Lake Forest, an Orange County city sandwiched between Irvine, Mission Viejo and Laguna Hills. His father, Fernando, is of Cuban nationality, and his mother, Millie, a native of Queens, New York, is of Cuban and Puerto Rican ancestry.[1] His younger brother, Jonah, is a corner infielder in the San Francisco Giants' organization.[2][3] A first cousin, Josh Fuentes, is an infielder who plays in the Rockies' organization.[4][5]

Arenado grew up a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.[6] He attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, and played shortstop on the school's baseball team[7] with fellow future major leaguers Austin Romine and Matt Chapman.[8] In 2008, Arenado's junior year, El Toro won the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section championship.[9] He was named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team after leading his division with a .456 batting average, 32 runs batted in (RBI), and 33 runs scored.[10]

As a senior, Arenado batted .517, .615 on-base percentage (OBP), five home runs (HR), 14 doubles, and a triple,[11] and was again named to the Los Angeles Times' All-Star team.[12] He committed to attend Arizona State University (ASU) on a college baseball scholarship.[7]

Professional career

Draft and minor leagues (2009–12)

The Colorado Rockies selected Arenado in the second round with the 59th overall selection of the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.[13] Rather than attend ASU, he signed with the Rockies, and made his professional baseball debut with the Casper Ghosts of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, where he batted .300.[11] In 2010, Arenado played for the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League, where he posted a .308 batting average and 41 doubles.[11]

Prior to the 2011 season, Baseball America ranked Arenado as the Rockies' third-best prospect and 80th overall.[14][15] Although already highly acclaimed as a hitter, his defense at the time lagged behind his abilities in the batter's box. It was not until his chapter with the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League that he began focusing on and improving his defensive approach. He had actually manifested exceptional arm strength and soft hands; however, any potential dominance in that facet of the sport was neutralized with clearly inept footwork. Arenado later recalled that he “had really bad feet,” and “was too lazy,” for which Modesto manager Jerry Weinstein relentlessly scolded him. He tasked Arenado to take ground balls earlier than the other players and to move rapidly and precisely and maintain readiness at third base. In addition, Arenado began lifting weights in earnest while pushing himself to improve. The augmentations in training and skill later consummated in a combination of explosive vigor, ingenuity, and finesse in which he deftly launched after ground balls, fluidly covered vast surface area, and generated breathtaking throws of long and short distances from the extent of statures of fully erect to almost totally laying down, to constantly deliver the unexpected out of the runner in nearly every position of the basepath.[16]

Along with Wilin Rosario, Arenado represented the Rockies at the 2011 All-Star Futures Game. His first-half totals included a .283 batting average with six home runs and 42 RBI.[17] He finished the season with a .298 batting average and 20 home runs, leading the minor leagues with 122 RBI.[18] Later in the year, he was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) after hitting .388 with six home runs and 33 RBI.[19][20] In 163 games combined in the California League and AFL in 2011, Arenado batted .315 with 201 base hits, 155 RBI, 26 home runs and 44 doubles.[21] Playing for the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League in 2012, he was again named to appear in the All-Star Futures Game.[18] He finished the year with a .285 batting average, 12 home runs, and 56 RBI.[11]

Colorado Rockies (2013–present)

2013−14

2013-08-17 Nolan Arenado
Arenado in 2013

Despite a strong spring training showing in 2013, the Rockies optioned Arenado to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) to start the season.[22] Through April 28, he batted .364, 1.059 on-base plus slugging percentage (OPS), three home runs, and 21 RBI with Colorado Springs. At that point, Colorado promoted him to the major league club, and designated Chris Nelson for assignment to make room on the roster.[23]

Arenado went 0-for-3 in his major league debut against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. He recorded his first three major league hits in his second game—including his first home run off of pitcher Josh Wall—in a 12–2 win versus the Los Angeles Dodgers.[24] In his sixth game, he hit first major league grand slam and second career home run off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price.[25] Arenado's defensive dominance translated smoothly to the major leagues, as ESPN.com published on September 7 that he would have ranked second for a hypothetical National League (NL) Defensive MVP Award. He trailed only shortstop Andrelton Simmons for the league lead in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), 38–30.[26] He appeared in 133 major league games and slashed .267/.301/.405 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI.[27] Defensively, he led NL third basemen in range factor both per game (3.08) and per nine innings (3.24), and was second in putouts (91), assists (309) and double plays turned (tied with two others with 27).[28]

On October 29, 2013, Arenado became the first NL rookie to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base, and the first in both major leagues since Frank Malzone won in the American League in 1957.[29] Arenado tied for seventh place with Evan Gattis in the NL Rookie of the Year Award voting which was won by José Fernández with Arenado receiving the most votes as a third baseman.[27]

The first multi-home run game of Arenado's career occurred on April 5, 2014, against Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 9–4 Rockies win.[30] On May 8, Arenado hit safely in his 28th consecutive game to break the Rockies' franchise hit streak record, which Michael Cuddyer set the previous season.[31] On May 23, Arenado suffered a mallet fracture of his left middle finger on a headfirst slide into second base in a game against the Atlanta Braves, and was subsequently placed on the 15-day disabled list (DL).[32]

Arenado missed 37 games due to the fracture and returned on June 28. He earned his first career NL Player of the Week Award for the week ending August 24. He batted .545 with a 1.645 OPS and 12 hits, three doubles, one triple, two home runs, three RBI, and six runs scored.[33] Due to a chest contusion and early onset pneumonia, Arenado missed additional time at the end of the season. On the year, he batted .287/.328/.500, hitting 18 HR and driving in 61 runs. He won his second Gold Glove Award despite playing in just 111 games.

2015

In 2015, Arenado earned his second NL Player of the Week Award on June 28, hitting a major league-leading three multi-home runs games in six games, seven home runs and 14 RBI. He also scored 10 times, second-highest in the major leagues.[34] He became an MLB All-Star for the first time as a National League reserve at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. At the time his selection was announced, he was fifth in the majors in home runs with 24 and led in RBI with 68. He had hit more home runs in road games than at Coors Field (15 to nine), more RBI (37 to 31) and posted higher on-base (.318 to .309) and slugging (.615 to .580) percentages.[35][36] Playing against the San Francisco Giants on September 5, Arenado homered in his sixth consecutive game, breaking the Rockies' team record of five which Dante Bichette and Larry Walker shared.[37] He won his first NL Player of the Month award in September, batting .339 and leading the major leagues with 11 HR, 32 RBI, and 79 total bases. He collected an NL-leading 38 hits and was second in the league with .705 SLG.[38]

For the 2015 season, Arenado tied Bryce Harper for the NL home run title with 42,[39] and led the National League with 130 RBI and 354 total bases. In addition, he batted .287 with a .323 OBP, .575 SLG, .898 OPS, 43 doubles, and 11 sacrifice flies (leading the majors) on his way to winning his first Silver Slugger Award for third basemen.[40][41] He was the first Rockies player to lead the NL in home runs since Walker hit 49 in 1997 and the first to lead the majors in RBI since Andrés Galarraga with 150 in 1996. Additionally, Arenado set a major league record for extra base hits by a third baseman in one season with 89, surpassing Chipper Jones' total of 87 in 1999.[38]

On defense, Arenado won his third consecutive Gold Glove,[42][43] and, for the first time, was the major league-wide winner among third basemen for both the Fielding Bible[44] and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards.[45] He became the second Rockies player to win the Fielding Bible at any position, following shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.[44] The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame named Arenado the winner of their Professional Athlete of the Year Award for 2015.[46] He received official consideration for the NL MVP Award for the first time, ranking eighth in voting behind Harper, Paul Goldschmidt, Joey Votto, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew McCutchen, Jake Arrieta, and Zack Greinke.[47]

2016

Nolan Arenado on August 31, 2016 (cropped)
Nolan Arenado during an at bat at Coors Field

Arenado and the Rockies avoided salary arbitration on January 15, 2016, agreeing to a one-year, $5 million contract, a raise from $512,000 in 2015.[48] He was named NL co-Player of the Week with Harper for April 18 after leading the NL with four home runs and 12 RBI. He also carried an .852 SLG, led the NL with 23 total bases, and tied for second with seven runs scored.[49] Arenado made his second All-Star Game, played at Petco Park in San Diego.[50] He hit his 100th career home run on August 8, making him the youngest player in franchise history to do so, at just under age 25 years and four months.[51]

In September Arenado became the second player aged 25 and younger within the previous 75 seasons to drive in 125 runs in successive seasons.[52] Overall, in 160 games, Arenado finished the year tied with Chris Carter for the National League at a batting average of .294, 182 hits, 35 doubles, 116 runs scored, an MLB-leading 133 RBI, 82 extra base hits, 68 walks (double the number from 2015), a .362 OBP, a .570 SLG and a .932 OPS. Arenado won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove at the third base position, becoming the first third baseman in MLB history to win four Gold Gloves in his first four seasons, as well as his second Silver Slugger, Fielding Bible and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards. He also became the first player in Rockies history to lead the Majors in RBIs in two separate seasons. Arenado finished in fifth place in the NL MVP Award voting behind Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy, Corey Seager and Rizzo, receiving almost double the number of vote points as he had gotten the year before (199 points in 2016 versus 102 in 2015).

2017

Prior to the start of spring training, on January 13, 2017, Arenado and the Rockies avoided arbitration for the second year in a row by agreeing to a two-year $29.5 million contract. He received $11,750,000 for 2017 followed by $17,750,000 during the 2018 season.[53] On June 18, he hit for the cycle versus the San Francisco Giants. The home run was a walk off versus closer Mark Melancon, finishing off a 7−5 Rockies win. It was just the sixth time[a] in MLB history that a cycle featured a walk-off home run; Arenado's teammate Carlos González was the previous to do so, on July 31, 2010.[55] The 288th cycle in MLB history, Arenado's was the eighth by a Rockies player, and the 17th overall accomplished at Coors Field.[56] During the June 28 game versus the Giants, he knocked down a line drive batted by pitcher Ty Blach as he was facing third base, spun on his stomach, and, without getting up on his feet, threw out Blach at first base.[57]

For the first time in his career, Arenado was selected to start in the MLB All-Star Game, played at Marlins Park in Miami, after receiving the most fan votes of all National League third baseman. His third overall selection,[58] Arenado batted sixth and collected two singles in two at bats.[59] Arenado set career-highs with three home runs and five hits, while tying a career-high seven RBI in an 18–4 rout of the San Diego Padres on July 19.[60] He tied the franchise record held by Jeff Cirillo and Todd Walker for the number of total bases in a single game with 14, and became the first player in Rockies history to reach both three home runs and five hits in a single game. He also became the first player in the majors to reach 80 RBI. Named Player of the Week for the fourth time of his career on July 23, Arenado hit .458/.480/1.000 with four home runs and 13 RBI in five games.[61] He later won the Player of the Month Award for July, his second monthly award, after hitting .389/.423/.744 with eight home runs, 35 hits, 15 extra base hits, 30 RBIs and 18 runs scored in 22 games.[62]

With a two-run home run versus José Ureña of the Miami Marlins on August 11, Arenado became the first major leaguer of 2017 to reach 100 RBI for the third year in a row, doing so in 112 games. He had batted .441 and 77 RBI with runners in scoring position (RISP) in those 112 games.[63] He was ejected by umpire Pat Hoberg from the August 12 game in the seventh inning versus Miami for throwing his bat. Arenado's batting turn was up in the ninth inning, before Miami prevailed, 4–3.[64] A pitch from Vance Worley on August 14 hit him on the left hand. An X-ray revealed no fractures, and he was ruled to miss the DL, but swelling resulted.[65] On September 16 versus the Padres, Arenado drove in his 125th run of the season, becoming the first third baseman and first Rockies player to do so in three consecutive seasons.[66] Later that September, he became the 11th player and 1st third baseman in major league history to drive in 130 or more runs in three consecutive seasons.[16] Writing for The Sporting News, Joe Rivera noted, that per Fangraphs, Arenado was the fourth player in history to net at least 100 defensive runs saved within his first five seasons (103). Through September 28, he had batted .365 and 1.297 OPS in situations of two outs and runners in scoring position for the season.[67] Making his first postseason appearance in the NL Wild Card Game,[68] Arenado went 1-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored as the Rockies lost to the Diamondbacks 11–8 at Chase Field, ending their season.[69]

Arenado finished the season with a .309 batting average, 187 hits, 43 doubles, seven triples, 37 home runs (tied for third most in the league with teammate Charlie Blackmon and Miami's Marcell Ozuna), and 130 RBI. The RBI total was second to Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead by two, resulting in Arenado just missing leading the majors for a third consecutive season. He also scored 100 runs, produced 87 extra base hits, 355 total bases, 62 walks, nine intentional walks, three stolen bases, .373 OBP, .586 SLG and .959 OPS over 159 games. He established or tied career highs in batting average, hits, doubles, triples, total bases, stolen bases, OBP, SLG and OPS.

End of campaign awards for Arenado included a selection as the third baseman of Baseball America's All-MLB Team[70] and third successive Silver Slugger Award.[71] He was the Players Choice for the Majestic Athletic Always Game Award, identifying "the player who constantly exhibits grit, tenacity, perseverance and hustle on and off the field, all for the benefit of his teammates and fans."[72] An amplitude of defensive accolades eventualized including a fifth straight Gold Glove Award, making him the first infielder to arrogate this in each of his first five seasons in the major leagues. Only Ichiro Suzuki, as a right fielder, won more Gold Gloves to start his career (10).[73] Arenado won his first Platinum Glove Award as the finest defensive member of all the National League,[74] and a third succedent promotion of both the Fielding Bible[75] and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards for third base.[76] He clinched fourth place in the NL MVP voting—the highest ranking of his career—behind Stanton, Votto and Goldschmidt, and ahead of fifth-place Blackmon.[77]

2018

Prior to the 2018 season, Sports Illustrated ranked Arenado as the eighth top overall player, and the "best defensive infielder in baseball. Third base is the deepest position in baseball today, but none can quite do what Arenado can."[78] The Rockies and he agreed to defer contract extension negotiations until after the season.[79]

On April 11, San Diego Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo threw a pitch behind Arenado, who charged the mound and incited a bench-clearing brawl.[80] Two days later, the league suspended both players for five games.[81] In his first game back, Arenado hit his 150th career home run versus Kyle Hendricks in a 16−5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.[82] After homering and collecting at least two hits in each of four consecutive games, Arenado was named NL Player of the Week on June 25. His aggregate included .379/.419/.955 with five home runs, two doubles, seven runs scored, and 13 RBI.[83]

After producing a first half batting .305, 22 home runs and 63 RBI, Arenado was voted to start the 2018 MLB All-Star Game for the second year in a row, and fourth selection overall.[84] He finished his 2018 campaign slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs and 110 RBIs in 156 games.[85] After the season, he won his sixth consecutive Gold Glove.[86] He also won his second consecutive Rawlings Platinum Glove Award [87] with his former high school teammate Matt Chapman.

2019

On February 26, 2019, Arenado agreed to an eight year $260 million dollar contract extension with the Colorado Rockies.[88]

International career

Arenado played for United States national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC).[89] On March 22, 2017, Team USA won 8–0 over the previously undefeated Puerto Rico, marking the first time ever that the United States won the WBC.[90]

Player profile

As Arenado's' reputation as a defender has grown, he has shown to be exceptionally skilled in range, catching the ball, and throwing, including arm strength and accuracy, and maintaining that while throwing off-balance. Remarked Denver Post beat writer Patrick Saunders, "In every city I travel, writers, broadcasters and fans rave about Arenado’s magic at the hot corner."[91] As a hitter, Arenado has been recognized for developing into one of the top sluggers in the game by posting numbers among the best in the Majors in many categories, including hits, batting average, slugging percentage, home runs, RBIs and extra base hits.

Arenado has also been known to practice intently. Rockies manager Bud Black marveled at how when he visited with Arenado at the campus of University of California, Irvine, in January 2017, he asked to take ground balls at third base. Black commented, “Very few big leaguers take grounders in January, because here comes February and March, and you’re gonna take thousands of them.”[16]

Awards and accomplishments

Awards received
Name of award Times Dates Ref
All-Star Futures Game selection 2 2011, 2012 [17][18]
Arizona Fall League Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award 1 2011 [19]
Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Professional Athlete of the Year 1 2015 [46]
Fielding Bible Award at third base 3 2015–2017 [44][75]
Major League Baseball All-Star selection 4 20152018 [35][50][58][84]
Major League Baseball Player of the Month 2 2015 September, 2017 July [38][62]
Major League Baseball Player of the Week 6 2014 Aug. 24th, 2015 Jun. 28th, 2016 Apr. 18th,
2017 Jul. 24th, 2018 Jun. 24th, 2019 May 26th
[33][34][49]
[61][83]
Players Choice Award for Majestic Athletic Always Game Award 1 2017 [72]
Rawlings Gold Glove Award at third base 6 2013–2018 [29][43]
Rawlings Platinum Glove for the National League 2 2017-2018 [74]
Silver Slugger Award at third base 4 2015–2018 [41][71]
Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at third base 3 2015–2017 [45]
Records and distinctions
  • Colorado Rockies' franchise hit streak record of 28 games (May 28, 2014)[31]
  • Colorado Rockies' franchise record of home runs in six consecutive games (Sep. 1–5, 2015)[37]
  • Colorado Rockies' franchise record of youngest player to reach 100 home runs (at 25 years, 3 months, 23 days on August 8, 2016)[51]
  • Major League Baseball's first rookie to win Gold Glove at third base (2013) since 1957[29]
  • First third baseman in Major League Baseball history to win Gold Glove in each of his first five seasons
  • Major League Baseball record of 89 extra base hits in one season by a third baseman (2015)[38]
Statistical achievements
Annual league statistical leader
Category League Times Dates
Doubles leader National League 1 2017
Extra base hits leader National League 1 2015
Games played National League 1 2016
Home run leader National League 2 2015, 2016
Runs batted in leader[18] Minor League Baseball 1 2011
Runs batted in leader National League 2 2015, 2016
Total bases leader National League 2 2015, 2016
Note:
Per Baseball-Reference.com.

Personal life

Formerly, Arenado's agent was Scott Boras. As of November 2015, it was reported as Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group.[92]

Arenado's favorite players are fellow third basemen Adrián Beltré of the Texas Rangers and Rockies teammate and outfielder Matt Holliday. Arenado apprised that he attempts to mimic Holliday's swing, "because he stayed through the ball so much."[93]

Longtime Dodgers play-by-play announcer Vin Scully autographed the bat with which Arenado hit his 40th home run of 2016, during Scully's last season of broadcasting, and his final series of calling Dodgers' home games.[94]

Arenado is a Christian.[95] He said in a 2016 interview that "my faith keeps me level headed" and "it makes me know that I have someone to rely on."[95] He has a tattoo on his forearm that says Matthew 19:26, a Bible verse which reads, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”[95]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was only the fifth time in MLB history.[54]

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Hitting for the cycle
June 18, 2017
Succeeded by
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2017 Colorado Rockies season

The 2017 Colorado Rockies season was the franchise's 25th in Major League Baseball. It was the 23rd season the Rockies played their home games at Coors Field. The Rockies finished the season 87–75 in third place in the National League West Division, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They did, however, receive the second wild card spot in the National League and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. In the Wild Card Game, they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

2017 National League Wild Card Game

The 2017 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 postseason that was played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The game was televised nationally by TBS. The game took place on October 4 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. with the Diamondbacks winning 11–8, thus eliminating the Rockies from the postseason and advancing the Diamondbacks to the NL Division Series (NLDS) in which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3–0.

2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was hosted by the Washington Nationals and was played at Nationals Park on July 17, 2018. It was televised nationally by Fox. The American League beat the National League 8–6, in 10 innings.

The host city was announced on April 6, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; it was the fifth All-Star Game in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1969, when the second Washington Senators hosted. It was also the first time that the Nationals had hosted the All-Star Game, and the first time that the Nationals franchise had hosted it since 1982, when the franchise played as the Montreal Expos.

The two leagues came into the game with identical 43–43–2 records and both had scored exactly 361 runs each in All-Star Game history. The game also broke a home run record, as ten home runs were hit in the game; the previous record being six. All but one run was scored by way of a home run. This is the second consecutive game the AL has won in the 10th inning.

The national rating for the game was 5.2, down from 6.5 in 2017.

2018 National League West tie-breaker game

The 2018 National League West tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 regular season, played between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers to determine the champion of the National League's (NL) West Division. It was played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2018.

The game was won by Los Angeles, 5–2. The Dodgers became the second seed in the NL playoffs and advanced to play the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Rockies were hosted by the NL Central runner-up Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game on October 2.The tie-breaker counted as a regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.

Chris Carter (infielder)

Vernon Christopher Carter (born December 18, 1986) is an American born professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees. In 2016, while playing for the Brewers, Carter led the National League in home runs, along with Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado, with 41.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

DJ LeMahieu

David John LeMahieu (; born July 13, 1988) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies.

The Cubs selected LeMahieu in the second round of the 2009 MLB draft, and he made his MLB debut for the Cubs in 2011 before being traded to the Rockies before the 2012 season. LeMahieu won a Gold Glove Award in 2014, 2017, and 2018 and was named an MLB All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and won the National League batting title in 2016. After becoming a free agent, he signed with the Yankees before the 2019 season.

Fielding Bible Award

A Fielding Bible Award recognizes the best defensive player for each fielding position in Major League Baseball (MLB) based on statistical analysis. John Dewan and Baseball Info Solutions conduct the annual selection process, which commenced in 2006. The awards are voted on by 10 sabermetrically inclined journalists and bloggers including Dewan, sabermetric pioneer Bill James, and writers such as Peter Gammons, NBC Sports' Joe Posnanski, SB Nation editor Rob Neyer, and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville. The awards have historically been announced before the Gold Glove Awards, the traditional measurement of fielding excellence. Dewan wrote that this award cannot equal the prestige of the Gold Glove, which started 50 years earlier, but it provides an alternative.

Josh Fuentes

Josh Fuentes (born February 19, 1993) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

List of Gold Glove Award winners at third base

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to as the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the Major League Baseball players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), as voted by the managers and coaches in each league. Managers are not permitted to vote for their own players. Eighteen Gold Gloves are awarded each year (with the exception of 1957, 1985, 2007 and 2018), one at each of the nine positions in each league. In 1957, the baseball glove manufacturer Rawlings created the Gold Glove Award to commemorate the best fielding performance at each position. The award was created from a glove made from gold lamé-tanned leather and affixed to a walnut base. Initially, only one Gold Glove per position was awarded to the top fielder at each position in the entire league; however, separate awards were given for the National and American Leagues beginning in 1958.Brooks Robinson won 16 Gold Gloves with the Baltimore Orioles, leading both the American League and all third basemen in awards won. Mike Schmidt is second in wins at third base; he won 10 with the Philadelphia Phillies and leads National League third basemen in Gold Gloves. Scott Rolen has the third-highest total, winning eight awards with the Phillies, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Cincinnati Reds. Six-time winners at third base are Buddy Bell, Nolan Arenado, Eric Chavez, and Robin Ventura. Ken Boyer, Doug Rader, and Ron Santo have each won five Gold Gloves at third base, and four-time winners include Adrián Beltré, Gary Gaetti, and Matt Williams. Hall of Famers who have won a Gold Glove at the position include Robinson, Schmidt, Santo, Wade Boggs, and George Brett.The fewest errors committed in a third baseman's winning season is five, achieved by Boggs in 1995 and Chavez in 2006. Two National League winners have made six errors in a season to lead that league: Mike Lowell in 2005, and Schmidt in 1986. Chavez' fielding percentage of .987 in 2006 leads all winners; Lowell leads the National League with his .983 mark. Robinson leads all winners with 410 assists in 1974, and made the most putouts in the American League (174 in 1966). The most putouts by a winner was 187, made by Santo in 1967. Schmidt leads the National League in assists, with 396 in 1977. The most double plays turned in a season was 44 by Robinson in 1974; he turned at least 40 double plays during three of his winning seasons. The National League leader is Nolan Arenado with 42 in 2015Ken Boyer and Clete Boyer are the only pair of brothers to have won Gold Glove Awards at third base. Older brother Ken won five Gold Gloves in six years with the Cardinals (1958–1961, 1963), and Clete won in 1969 with the Atlanta Braves.

List of Major League Baseball annual runs batted in leaders

In baseball, a run batted in (RBI) is awarded to a batter for each runner who scores as a result of the batter's action, including a hit, fielder's choice, sacrifice fly, bases loaded walk, or hit by pitch. A batter is also awarded an RBI for scoring himself upon hitting a home run. In Major League Baseball (MLB), a player in each league wins the "RBI crown" or "RBI title" each season by hitting the most runs batted in that year.

The first RBI champion in the National League (NL) was Deacon White; in the league's inaugural 1876 season, White hit 60 RBIs for the Chicago White Stockings. The American League (AL) was established in 1901, and Hall of Fame second baseman Nap Lajoie led that league with 125 RBIs for the Philadelphia Athletics. Over the course of his 27-season career, Cap Anson led the NL in RBI eight times. Babe Ruth and Honus Wagner have the second- and third-most RBI titles, respectively: Ruth with six, and Wagner with five. Several players are tied for the most consecutive seasons led with three: Anson (twice), Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Ruth, Joe Medwick, George Foster, and Cecil Fielder. Notably, Matt Holliday won the NL title in 2007 by one RBI over Ryan Howard, only overtaking Howard due to his performance in the 2007 National League Wild Card tie-breaker game. Had Howard won the 2007 title, he would have led the NL in a record four consecutive seasons from 2006 to 2009. The most recent champions are Edwin Encarnación in the American League, and Nolan Arenado in the National League.

Sam Thompson was the first to set a single-season RBI record that stood for more than three seasons, hitting 166 in 1887. Thompson's title that season also represented the widest margin of victory for an RBI champion as he topped the next highest total by 62 RBIs. The single-season mark of 166 stood for over thirty years until Babe Ruth hit 171 in 1921. Ruth's mark was then broken by teammate Lou Gehrig six seasons later in 1927 when Gehrig hit 175 RBI. Finally, Hack Wilson set the current record mark of 191 RBI in 1930 with the Chicago Cubs. The all-time career RBI record holder is Hank Aaron with 2,297, 84 more than Ruth in second place. Aaron led the National League in RBI four times, never consecutively. The 1930 season when Wilson set the record saw four players hit more than 160 RBI: Wilson, Gehrig, Chuck Klein, and Al Simmons. A player has batted in 160 or more runs 21 times, with 14 of these seasons occurring during the 1930s and only twice since 1940. The lowest RBI total to ever lead a major league was 49, by Deacon White in the National League's second season.

List of Major League Baseball career OPS leaders

On-base plus slugging (OPS) is a sabermetric baseball statistic calculated as the sum of a player's on-base percentage and slugging average. The ability of a player both to get on base and to hit for power, two important offensive skills, are represented.

Below is the list of the top 100 Major League Baseball players in career OPS with at least 3,000 career plate appearances.

Babe Ruth is the all-time leader with a career 1.1636 OPS. Ted Williams (1.1155), Lou Gehrig (1.0798), Barry Bonds (1.0512), Jimmie Foxx (1.0376), Hank Greenberg (1.0169), and Rogers Hornsby (1.0103) are the only other players with a career OPS over 1.0000.

List of Silver Slugger Award winners at third base

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.Among third basemen, Wade Boggs has won the most Silver Slugger Awards, winning eight times with the rival Boston Red Sox (six) and New York Yankees (two). In the National League, Mike Schmidt leads with six wins; Schmidt won the first five National League Silver Slugger Awards at third base from 1980, when he led the Philadelphia Phillies to the World Series, to 1984 before his streak was broken by Tim Wallach. Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies collected four National League Silver Sluggers at third base from 2015 to 2018. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has won three American League Silver Sluggers at the position, and has ten wins in his career as he accumulated seven wins at shortstop with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Two National League third basemen have also won three Silver Sluggers. Matt Williams won the award in 1990, 1993, and 1994, when he was on pace to tie Roger Maris' home run record of 61 before the players' strike; Vinny Castilla won three awards in four years for the Colorado Rockies (1995, 1997–1998). José Ramírez and Nolan Arenado are the most recent winners.

George Brett hit .390 for the Kansas City Royals in the award's inaugural season, the highest average by a third baseman in the Silver Slugger era. Miguel Cabrera holds the National League batting average record for a third baseman (.339 in 2006). However, overall leader Boggs accumulated five winning seasons with a higher batting average than Cabrera's record. Boggs holds the record for the highest on-base percentage in a third baseman's winning season, with .476 in 1988; Chipper Jones' National League record is .441, achieved in 1999. Brett also holds the record for highest slugging percentage (.664 in 1980), followed by National League record-holder Schmidt (.644 in 1981). Schmidt's 48 home runs are tied with Adrián Beltré for most in the National League during an award-winning season. Despite this, Rodriguez holds the Major League record, with 54 home runs in 2007. Rodriguez batted in 156 runs during the 2007 season; the National League record is held by Castilla (144 runs batted in during 1998).

Matt Chapman

Matt James Chapman (born April 28, 1993) is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB). In 2018 he won a Fielding Bible Award, Gold Glove Award, and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Nolan

Nolan is both a surname and a given name, of Irish origin from Ó Nualláin, Notable people with the name include:

Surname:

Adam Nolan, Irish Boxer

Albert Nolan (born 1934), South African Roman Catholic theologian

Anna Nolan (born 1970), Irish television presenter

Anthony Nolan (1972–1979), for whom the Anthony Nolan UK charity was formed

Barry Nolan, American television presenter

Bernadette Nolan (1960–2013), Irish entertainer and actress

Bob Nolan (1908–1980), Canadian singer-songwriter and actor

Brandon Nolan (born 1983), Canadian ice hockey player

Brian Nolan (1932–2006), Canadian journalist and author

Catherine Nolan, American politician

Christopher Nolan (born 1970), film director

Christopher Nolan (author) (born 1965), Irish poet

Clive Nolan, British musician and producer

Coleen Nolan (born 1965), English television presenter

Daire Nolan (born 1968), Irish professional dancer and choreographer

David Nolan (American author) (born 1946), American non-fiction writer

David Nolan (Libertarian Party), American politician, founder of the Libertarian Party

David Nolan (swimmer), American swimmer

Deanna Nolan (born 1979), American basketball player

Dennis E. Nolan (1872–1956), U.S. Army general

Dick Nolan (football) (born 1932), American football player & coach

Dick Nolan (musician) (1939–2005), Canadian musician

Eddie Nolan (born 1988), Irish footballer

Edward Nolan (actor) (1888–1943), American silent film actor

Edward Nolan (bishop) (1793-1837), Irish Roman Catholic bishop

Edward Sylvester "The Only" Nolan (1857–1913), Canadian baseball player

Elaine Nolan (born 1981), Irish cricketer

Faith Nolan (born 1957), Canadian musician and social activist

Francis Nolan, British phonetician

Frederick Nolan (born 1931), British editor and writer

Gary Nolan (baseball player) (born 1948), American baseball player

Gary Nolan (radio host) (born 1954), American politician and radio host

Graham Nolan, comic book artist

Henry Grattan Nolan (1893–1957), Canadian lawyer

Isabel Nolan, Irish artist

James Thomas Nolan (1926-2018), American actor known professionally as James Greene

Jeanette Nolan (1911–1998), American actress

Jerry Nolan (1946–1992), American drummer

Joe Nolan (born 1951), American baseball player

John Nolan (musician) (born 1978), American singer and musician

John Gavin Nolan, American Roman Catholic bishop

John Philip Nolan (1838–1912), Irish landowner and politician

Jonathan Nolan (born 1976), British screenwriter

Jordan Nolan (ice hockey) (born 1989), Canadian professional ice hockey player

Joseph A. Nolan, Philippine–American War Medal of Honor recipient

Joseph R. Nolan, American jurist

Joseph Nolan Irish politician

Kathleen Nolan (born 1933), American actress.

Keith W. Nolan (May 7, 1964 – February 19, 2009) American military historian of the Vietnam War and author of Irish and Swedish descent.

Kevin Nolan (born 1982), English footballer of Irish and Dutch descent

Leo Nolan (born 1972), American boxer

Lloyd Nolan (1902–1985), American actor

Louis Edward Nolan (1818–1854), Canadian-British soldier

M. J. Nolan (born 1951), Irish politician

Mae Nolan (1886–1973), American politician

Martin Nolan, American journalist

Mary Nolan (1905–1948), American actress

Melanie Nolan (born 1960), historian and university academic from New Zealand

Michael N. Nolan, Irish-American politician

Michael Nolan, Baron Nolan, British judge

Mike Nolan (born 1954), Irish singer

Mike Nolan (born 1959), American football player & coach

Mike Nolan, principal of Middle Park State School

Monica Nolan (1913–1995), American tennis player

Nicholas M. Nolan (1835–1883) US Soldier during the American Civil War & Indian Wars

Norma Nolan (born c. 1943), Argentinian beauty queen

Owen Nolan (born 1972), Canadian ice hockey player

Pat Nolan, Canadian hockey player

Pat Nolan (born 1950), American lawyer, politician & activist

Patrick Nolan (1881–1941), Canadian politician

Philip Nolan (1771–1801), Irish-American confidence trickster

Rick Nolan (born 1943), American politician

Sam Nolan (born 1930), Irish trade unionist and political activist

Seán Nolan, Irish Sinn Féin politician

Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), Australian painter

Stephen Nolan (born 1973), Northern Irish radio and television presenter

Ted Nolan (born 1958), Canadian ice hockey player and coach

Tom Nolan (1921–1992), Irish politician

William F. Nolan (born 1928), American novelist

William I. Nolan (1874–1943), American politicianGiven name:

Nolan Arenado (born 1991), American baseball player

Nolan Bushnell (born 1943), American engineer and entrepreneur who founded Atari, Inc and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters

Nolan Carroll (born 1987), National Football League (NFL) player

Nolan Cromwell (born 1955), football coach and former NFL player

Nolan Jones (born 1998), American baseball player

Nolan Miller (born 1935), American fashion designer

Nolan Miller (1907–2006), American author

Nolan North (born 1970), American voice actor

Nolan Reimold (born 1983), Major League Baseball player

Nolan Richardson (born 1941), American basketball coach

Nolan Roux (born 1988), French footballer

Nolan Ryan (born 1947), Hall of Fame Major League Baseball pitcher

Nolan Gerard Funk (born 28 July 1986), Canadian actor, singer, model and dancer

Nolan Smith (born 1988), American basketball player

Nolan Gould (born October 28, 1998), American actorFictional characters:

Nolan, supporting character in Season 6B of Teen Wolf

Bruce Nolan, from the film Bruce Almighty

Philip Nolan, main character of the short story "The Man Without a Country"

Nolan Heinberg, the secret identity of the fictional character Omni-Man

Nolan Walsh, from the film Racing Stripes

Lynsey Nolan, character in UK TV series Hollyoaks

Mike Nolan, main character from The Mike Nolan Show on Comedy Central Australia

The Nolan family from the novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Nolan Sorrento, antagonist in the novel Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Nolan, a Frontiner Brains from Pokemon Emerald

Rawlings Gold Glove Award

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to as simply the Gold Glove, is the award given annually to the Major League Baseball players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League (NL) and the American League (AL), as voted by the managers and coaches in each league. It is also awarded to women fastpitch softball players in the National Pro Fastpitch as of 2016. Managers are not permitted to vote for their own players. Additionally, a sabermetric component provided by Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) accounts for approximately 25 percent of the vote. Eighteen Gold Gloves are awarded each year (with the exception of 1957, 1985, 2007, and 2018), one at each of the nine positions in each league. In 1957, the baseball glove manufacturer Rawlings created the Gold Glove Award to commemorate the best fielding performance at each position. The award was created from a glove made from gold lamé-tanned leather and affixed to a walnut base. Initially, only one Gold Glove per position was awarded to the top fielder at each position in Major League Baseball; however, separate awards were given for the National and American Leagues beginning in 1958.

Salt River Rafters

The Salt River Rafters are a baseball team that plays in the East Division of the Arizona Fall League. They play their home games at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick near Scottsdale, Arizona.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded annually to the best defensive player at each fielding position in Major League Baseball. One overall Defensive Player of the Year is also selected each year. Unlike the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by major league managers and coaches, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by statistics using sabermetrics. In 2012, the baseball glove manufacturer Wilson created the Defensive Player of the Year Award to honor the best defensive player on each team in Major League Baseball. One award winner was selected from each league as that league's overall Defensive Player of the Year. Starting in 2014, the awards are given to the best defensive player at each position, regardless of league, and the overall award is given to only one player, regardless of league. Also in 2014, a new award was created for the best Defensive Team of the Year, regardless of league.

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