PHOENIX - Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke has been named the winner of a 2016 National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award®, as announced by Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. The award recognizes the best defensive players at their respective positions as voted by Major League Baseball managers and coaches.
Greinke, 33, won his third consecutive Gold Glove Award, becoming the sixth NL pitcher to garner the honor 3 years in a row since the award's inception in 1959, joining Harvey Haddix (1958-60), Bobby Shantz (1961-64), Bob Gibson (1965-73), Phil Niekro (1978-80) and Greg Maddux (1990-2002, '04-08).
Greinke, who is the first D-backs pitcher to win a Gold Glove Award, tied for second among all pitchers with 7 defensive runs saved (also: Dallas Keuchel and Masahiro Tanaka), 1 behind Bartolo Colon. He also ranked fourth in the NL with 1.13 putouts per 9.0 innings and seventh with a .980 fielding percentage (1 E in 49 TC).
Greinke will have an opportunity for further recognition with the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award fan vote, which allows fans across the country to vote for the best defender in each league. Voting is ongoing at rawlings.com. Fans can only select 1 player among the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners to take home the "best of the best" honor.