Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche named Gold Glove finalists

Patrick McDermott

Shortstop Ian Desmond and first baseman Adam LaRoche are finalists for NL Gold Gloves after strong defensive seasons for the Washington Nationals.

After a season that saw the Washington Nationals qualify for the playoffs for the first time since returning to the nation's capital, two Nationals have been recognized as finalists for Gold Glove awards. First baseman Adam LaRoche and Shortstop Ian Desmond are the two Washington players up for the defensive honor at their respective position.

The Gold Glove winners will be announced on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET during a one-hour special on ESPN2.

The other National League finalists at shortstop are Cincinnati's Zack Cozart, Miami's Jose Reyes and Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins.

At first base, the other NL finalists contending with LaRoche are the Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman and Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto.

Neither LaRoche or Desmond have previously won a Gold Glove in their career.

LaRoche, in his second season with the Nationals, appeared in 154 games for Washington, playing first base in 153 of them. Defensively, Laroche finished the season with just seven errors and a .995 fielding percentage.

The 27-year-old Desmond played shortstop in 128 of his 130 appearances during the 2012 season. Desmond accrued a .970 fielding percentage, committing just 15 errors in 492 defensive chances, as well as helping turn 65 double plays for Washington.

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