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D-backs Gerardo Parra wins Gold Glove award

PHOENIX – Arizona Diamondbacks’ outfielder Gerardo
Parra has been named the 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award
recipient for National League leftfielder.

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

Parra, 24, is the third D-backs player to win a Gold Glove
Award joining outfielder Steve Finley (1999, 2000) and
second baseman Orlando Hudson (2006, 2007).

Parra posted a .993 fielding percentage, committing only 2
errors in 281 total chances, with 12 assists in 125 games
(117 starts) in left field.

Among NL leftfielders, Parra ranked first in assists and
fourth in fielding percentage.

Among all NL outfielders, his 12 assists tied for the most
with the Colorado Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez. Parra’s 12
assists tied for the most in a season in franchise history
with Eric Byrnes in 2007.

On May 18 vs. the Atlanta Braves, Parra threw out a pair
of Braves’ runners at third base in the sixth inning to
become the first outfielder in franchise history to
accomplish the feat, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Overall, Parra appeared in 135 games (124 starts) in the
outfield and posted a .990 fielding percentage with 3
errors in 303 total chances.