Thursday, November 6, 2008

Torii Hunter Wins 8th Straight Gold Glove

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ centerfielder Torii Hunter has been selected to the 2008 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® team, in an announcement made Thursday by the Rawlings Sporting Goods Company. This marks the eighth consecutive Gold Glove honor for the two-time All-Star. Hunter’s eight Gold Gloves as an outfielder rank tied for third all-time behind Ken Griffey Jr. (10) and Al Kaline (10).

Hunter, 33, is the second consecutive Angel to receive a Gold Glove after shortstop Orlando Cabrera in 2007 and the first Angel outfielder honored since Darin Erstad in 2002.

Hunter did not commit an error in 137 games in centerfield (354 total chances) to lead all MLB outfielders. The 10-year veteran has not committed an error since August 31, 2007, a span of 164 games.

The Angels have had a Rawlings Gold Glove Award® recipient in 19 of the last 23 seasons.

The Rawlings Gold Glove Award® acknowledges outstanding fielding achievement and is presented annually to 18 players, one from each position in both the American and National Leagues. The award was introduced in 1957 and the winners are chosen by major league managers and coaches.

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