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Finalists: St. Louis Cardinals’ Yadier Molina looking for 10th Gold Glove

Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) after being caught in a run down by catcher Yadier Molina (right) during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) is tagged out by St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) after being caught in a run down by catcher Yadier Molina (right) during the tenth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is in the running to win his 10th career Gold Glove Award.

The 39-year-old Molina has won more Gold Gloves than any active player, and is one of three National League catcher candidates after the list of finalists was unveiled Thursday by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc.

The other NL catching finalists are J.T. Realmuto of the Philadelphia Phillies and Jacob Stallings of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Molina won his most recent Gold Glove in 2018. He threw out 18 of 44 base stealers (40.9 percent) this season.

The Gold Glove winners will be announced Nov. 7.

St. Louis third baseman Nolan Arenado is seeking his ninth straight Gold Glove. He’s won the honor in every season of his career with the only longer streaks by a third baseman belonging to Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16, 1960-75) and Mike Schmidt (nine, 1976-84).

The other NL finalists at third base are Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres and Ryan McMahon of the Colorado Rockies. Ironically, McMahon became Colorado’s starting third baseman after Arenado was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Among American Leagues, Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford is looking to repeat after winning his first Gold Glove last season.

“It’s an honor to be named a finalist again,” Crawford said in a news release. “… Also gotta shout out Ty France for an incredible year at first base, picking everything over there.”

Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros and Andrelton Simmons of the Minnesota Twins are the other finalists.

The Cardinals lead all major teams with six finalists.

The award was first given out in 1957.

Gold Glove Finalists

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PITCHERS: Jose Berrios (Minnesota Twins/Toronto Blue Jays), Zack Greinke (Houston Astros), Dallas Keuchel (Chicago White Sox)

CATCHERS: Martin Maldonado (Astros), Sean Murphy (Oakland Athletics), Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals)

FIRST BASE: Yuli Gurriel (Astros), Matt Olson (Athletics), Jared Walsh (Los Angeles Angels)

SECOND BASE: David Fletcher (Angels), Whit Merrifield (Royals), Marcus Semien (Blue Jays)

THIRD BASE: Matt Chapman (Athletics), Jose Ramirez (Cleveland Indians), Joey Wendle (Tampa Bay Rays)

SHORTSTOP: Carlos Correa (Astros), J.P. Crawford (Seattle Mariners), Andrelton Simmons (Minnesota Twins)

LEFT FIELD: Randy Arozarena (Rays), Andrew Benintendi (Royals), Lourdes Gurriel Jr., (Blue Jays)

CENTER FIELD: Kevin Kiermaier (Rays) Myles Straw (Astros/Indians), Michael A. Taylor (Royals)

RIGHT FIELD: Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers/New York Yankees), Hunter Renfroe (Boston Red Sox), Kyle Tucker (Astros)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PITCHERS: Zach Davies (Chicago Cubs), Max Fried (Atlanta Braves), Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia Phillies)

CATCHERS: Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), J.T. Realmuto (Phillies), Jacob Stallings (Pittsburgh Pirates)

FIRST BASE: Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), Paul Goldschmidt (Cardinals), Max Muncy (Los Angeles Dodgers)

SECOND BASE: Ozzie Albies (Braves), Tommy Edman (Cardinals), Kolten Wong (Milwaukee Brewers)

THIRD BASE: Nolan Arenado (Cardinals), Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), Ryan McMahon (Colorado Rockies)

SHORTSTOP: Brandon Crawford (San Francisco Giants), Francisco Lindor (New York Mets), Kevin Newman (Pirates)

LEFT FIELD: Tyler O’Neill (Cardinals), David Peralta (Arizona Diamondbacks), AJ Pollock (Dodgers)

CENTER FIELD: Harrison Bader (Cardinals), Jackie Bradley Jr. (Brewers), Bryan Reynolds (Pirates)

RIGHT FIELD: Mookie Betts (Dodgers), Adam Duvall (Miami Marlins/Braves), Mike Yastrzemski (Giants)

–Field Level Media