Cincinnati third baseman Scott Rolen won his eighth Gold Glove on Wednesday, one of three Reds players to be honored following the team's first playoff appearance in 15 years. Second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Bronson Arroyo also were among the National League recipients announced by Rawlings.
It's the first time Cincinnati has had more than one winner in a season since the days of the Big Red Machine, when catcher Johnny Bench, second baseman Joe Morgan, shortstop Dave Concepcion and center fielder Cesar Geronimo won four straight from 1974-77.
"I think our defense won a lot of games this year," Rolen said.
St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and Philadelphia outfielder Shane Victorino each won their third Gold Glove in a row. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez joined Arroyo as first-time winners.
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"It was definitely a shock," Arroyo said. "Honestly, it never even crossed my mind once throughout my entire career."
Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols won for the second time (2006), and speedy Houston center fielder Michael Bourn was a repeat winner.
Phillips also won in 2008 before Orlando Hudson took the NL award at second base last year.
Rolen was selected for the first time since 2006. His eight Gold Gloves rank third at his position behind Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10).
On a conference call with all three Reds winners, the 35-year-old Rolen joked that he and General Manager Walt Jocketty had already discussed a six-to-eight-year contract extension for "unlimited dollars" so he could chase Schmidt and Robinson.
"I think Mike Schmidt was the best third baseman to ever play the game," Rolen said. "To be with those guys obviously is an amazing compliment."
Cincinnati tied for the major league lead with a club-record .988 fielding percentage, a big reason the resurgent Reds won the NL Central before losing to Philadelphia in a first-round playoff sweep. They committed 72 errors, 17 fewer than the previous team record set last year.
Rolen said Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto, a leading contender for NL MVP this year, and outfielders Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs could be future Gold Glove winners, too.
"As we put this team together," Jocketty said, "one of the things that we emphasized was improving our defense.
"We are very pleased and also very proud of these guys. I think it's a great accomplishment for our organization and these guys in particular."
By winning, Phillips receives a $250,000 increase in his salary next year to $11.25 million. Molina, Pujols, Rolen and Victorino each get $50,000 bonuses, and Bourn and Tulowitzki receive $25,000 apiece.
Rawlings has awarded Gold Gloves since 1957. Managers and coaches vote for players in their leagues before the end of the regular season, but they can't choose members of their own teams.
Ex-White Sox scout indicted
A former White Sox scouting executive was indicted on federal fraud charges Wednesday for allegedly accepting kickbacks from signing bonuses and contract buyouts, targeting players from impoverished parts of Latin America hungry to play in the United States.
David Wilder and two former scouts for the team in Latin America are accused of accepting about $400,000 to secure 23 prospects between 2004 and 2008, according to the indictment released by the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago. The kickbacks were concealed from the team and its more senior officials, according to the indictment, which doesn't identify specific players.
MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment. Wilder, 50, of San Francisco, is charged with seven counts of mail fraud. If convicted, he could face 20 years in prison for each count. The seven mail fraud counts allege that checks ranging from $30,000 to $525,000 were sent from the White Sox to players or teams for the contract rights to players. Former scouts Jorge L. Oquendo Rivera and Victor Mateo also face mail fraud charges.
Six Venezuelans ineligible
Six Venezuelan amateur players were declared ineligible to sign with major-league organizations after the commissioner's office found they committed age or identity fraud. The six will be ineligible to sign major- or minor-league contracts for a year, the commissioner's office said Wednesday. They are Ruben Alvarado, Fabian Marquea, Osmir Medina, Serio Nieves, Omar Viloria and Jose Ramon Weffer. Erickson Salaya was placed on the disqualified list for one year after MLB determined he falsified his age in connection with his minor-league contract with the Brewers.
Around the majors
Rangers: Jeff Francoeur is a free agent after refusing a minor-league assignment and clearing waivers. Francoeur hit .340 with two homers and 11 RBI in 15 games for the AL champs after being acquired from the Mets for infielder Joaquin Arias on Aug. 31. He was 3-for-24 in nine playoff games.
Yankees: Catcher Jorge Posada underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a small tear in the meniscus of his left knee Wednesday. The Yankees expect Posada, 39, will be ready for spring training. He was limited to 120 games this season.