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Adam LaRoche Earns First Gold Glove as NL's Best Defensive First Baseman

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LaRoche Earns First Gold Glove

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Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche earned his first career Gold Glove Tuesday as he was selected by National League managers and coaches as the best defensive player at his position.

LaRoche finished with a .995 fielding percentage, which was tied for the best in the NL, and only committed seven errors in 153 games. 

The 32-year-old, who is a free agent, beat out the Reds' Joey Votto and the Braves' Freddie Freeman for the honor. It is the Nationals' second Gold Glove -- Ryan Zimmerman won his first at third base in 2009.

Meanwhile, Ian Desmond, the team's other finalist, did not win the Gold Glove at shortstop. The Phillies' Jimmy Rollins took home his fourth Gold Glove in six years. 


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