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Former Hawaii star and St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong earns Gold Glove

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                                Kolten Wong gets a force out at second base.

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    Kolten Wong gets a force out at second base.

ST. LOUIS >> Former Kamehameha-Hawaii and University of Hawaii star Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals earned his first National League Gold Glove when the winners were announced on Sunday.

Wong played in 147 games (134 starts), all at second base, and committed just nine errors for a fielding percentage of .987, the highest in his seven-year career with the Cardinals. He also batted .285 — matching his career best from 2017 — and hit 11 home runs, one off his career high.

Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado won his seventh straight Gold Glove and pitcher Zack Greinke earned his sixth in a row, getting the National League honor for the fourth months he spent with Arizona before he was traded to Houston.

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon, who became a free agent last weekend, won his seventh overall and third in a row.

Other multiple winners in the AL announced Sunday included Boston right fielder Mookie Betts (four), Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (three), Oakland first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman, and Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor (two apiece).

Seattle pitcher Mike Leake, Cleveland catcher Roberto Pérez and Chicago White Sox second baseman Yolmer Sánchez were first time winners in the AL.

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won his third Gold Glove and second in a row, and Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed won his second straight.

There were five first-time winners in the NL besides Wong: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto, Arizona left fielder David Peralta, Milwaukee center fielder Lorenzo Cain and Los Angeles right fielder Cody Bellinger.

Managers and up to six coaches per team vote for the awards in their league and cannot choose their own players. For the first time, the defensive index from the Society for American Baseball Research was used, and it comprised about 25% of the vote, with the managers and coaches ballots the rest.

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