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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.
Adam is the 2nd #Nationals player (05-pres) and 3rd DC-based player to win a Gold Glove, joining Ryan Zimmerman ('09) and Earl Battey ('60).— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) October 31, 2012
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.