Greinke wins 3rd consecutive Gold Glove Award

Greinke wins 3rd consecutive Gold Glove Award

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke captured his third straight National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday.

The award, which recognizes the best defensive players at their respective positions, was voted on by Major League Baseball managers and coaches.

• Vote for Best Defensive Player

Greinke is the sixth NL pitcher to win three NL Gold Gloves in a row, joining Harvey Haddix, Bobby Shantz, Bob Gibson, Phil Niekro and Greg Maddux.

• Past Gold Glove Award winners

The award caps an otherwise disappointing year for Greinke, who was signed last December to a six-year, $206.5 million free-agent deal. In 26 starts for the D-backs, Greinke was 13-7 with a 4.37 ERA, and he was hampered by a pair of injuries.

"As a whole, it didn't go as planned, for the team and myself for the most part," Greinke said near the end of the season. "Just a couple of injuries earlier and not getting off on a good foot. I thought we were going to do a lot better than we did."

Greinke, who becomes the first D-backs pitcher to win a Gold Glove Award, tied with Dallas Keuchel and Masahiro Tanaka for second among all pitchers with seven defensive runs saved.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.