Starling Marte Wins Second Straight Gold Glove Award

On Tuesday night, Rawlings announced the 2016 Gold Glove winners and Starling Marte took home the award for National League left fielders for the second straight season. This was the fourth consecutive year that he was a finalist for the award.

Marte played 114 games total in left field this season, seeing 220 fewer innings this year at the position than he did in 2015. He led all National League outfielders with 17 assists, and he committed four errors. Baseball-Reference has him at 1.3 dWAR for 2016, slightly down from the 2.0 mark he put up last season. Fangraphs had Marte with 17 defensive runs saved, one behind NL leader Jason Heyward.

Marte is the first multi-time winner for the Pirates since Barry Bonds won three consecutive seasons from 1990 until 1992 and Andy Van Slyke won five straight from 1988 until 1992. The only other multi-time winners in the outfield for the Pirates were Dave Parker and Roberto Clemente.

  • Thank heavens for something positive to read about!!! Starling Marte has been a joy from the first he swung at, and there’s no doubt he’s the best defensive outfielder the Pirates have had since…..

  • 28 years old, an All Star, 2 Gold Gloves, 4 year starter, average OPS of near .800, 13 HR/yr, 35+ SB/yr, and 5 years of control remaining. If the Pirates trade anybody from their OF for pitching, Starling Marte could be the guy who would bring the highest return. It would also open up a slot for Austin Meadows, while allowing the Pirates to keep Andrew McCutchen. Just a thought.

  • Hopefully he wins his 3rd in a row as a CF next year.

  • Starling Marte’s defense is a true pleasure to watch. He deserves this award. Pittsburgh is privileged to be able to watch him.

    • Whenever im slightly depressed about the bucs i youtube marte defensive highlights. Always puts me in a good mood

      • Whenever I’m slightly depressed about the Bucs I remember that I’m a Penguins and Steelers fan too.