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Bill Ladson

Span and LaRoche in hunt for NL Gold Gloves

Span and LaRoche in hunt for NL Gold Gloves

WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Denard Span and first baseman Adam LaRoche are finalists for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove award. The winners will be announced on Nov. 4 on ESPN2 from 7-8 p.m. ET.

It was LaRoche's glove that made the Nationals one of the better defensive teams in baseball, as he seemed to save third baseman Anthony Rendon, shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera from throwing errors on a regular basis.

LaRoche, who won the NL Gold Glove Award in 2012, often made diving plays or scooped balls in the dirt to prevent a run from scoring, and he has established himself as the best defensive first baseman in Nationals history. In 136 games at first this past season, LaRoche made only seven errors in 1,200 total chances.

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LaRoche is joined by first basemen Adrian Gonzalez [Dodgers] and Justin Morneau [Rockies] as finalists for the NL Gold Glove Award at first base.

Span is considered to be one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, and his range to his left and right is arguably without peer. Span recently said he hoped to win his first Gold Glove Award this year after not making an error in 2013 but seeing the hardware go to the Brewers' Carlos Gomez.

"Winning the Gold Glove would mean the world to me," Span said. "That would be gratifying, so satisfying. I worked hard, obviously. I've been playing center field for a while. I've been running down balls for a long time and showcasing my abilities. It would mean everything to finally get all the hard work acknowledged. It would be a dream come true."

Reds rookie Billy Hamilton and the Mets' Juan Lagares are the other NL finalists in center field.

The awards are determined by a survey of managers and coaches, which make up 75 percent of the voting, and the Society for Sabermetric Reasearch, which accounts for the other 25 percent.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.