Adam LaRoche wins NL Gold Glove

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

The Nationals' power hitter was selected as the top defensive first baseman in the National League.

Major League Baseball began its postseason awards program on Tuesday night and the Washington Nationals saw one of their own walk away with an award. Adam LaRoche won the first Gold Glove of his career as he took home the award as the National League's best defensive first baseman.

LaRoche was named as a finalist with Joey Votto of the Reds and Freddie Freeman of the Braves. Votto missed a significant amount of the season with an injury, however, helping LaRoche's case. LaRoche had a .995 fielding percentage and only had seven fielding errors on the season.

None of LaRoche's errors were throwing errors as he helped the nationals win the National League East. It was Washington's first playoff appearance since the franchise moved from Montreal and first for the franchise overall in 31 years. LaRoche is only the second Nationals player that has won a Gold Glove, and first since Ryan Zimmerman in 2009.

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