It's Become an Off-Season Ritual: Rockies Nolan Arenado Claims 7th Gold Glove

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Nolan Arenado is seven days shy of seven years of big-league service time.

He, however, is way ahead of the game at the big league level.

Arenado on Sunday was awarded his seventh Gold Glove, the longest current streak in Major League Baseball, and fourth on the all-time list Gold Gloves won by a third baseman, behind only Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson (16) and Mike Schmidt (10), and Scott Rolen (8).

Robinson won his 16 in 16 consecutive seasons, and Schmidt had a nine-year streak, ranking ahead of Arenado's seven in a row among third baseman. His streak of winning a Gold Glove in each of his first seven big league seasons is the second longest in Major League history to Ichiro Suzuki, who won Gold Gloves his first 10 years with the Seattle Mariners.

Suzuki, however was an elite player in Japan before being lured by the Mariners to play in the Major Leagues.

In earning the award this year, Arenado led National League third baseman in fielding percentage (.980), total chances (457), putouts (111), assists (337), double plays (43), zone rating (.827), ultimate zone rating (10.3) and defensive runs above average (12.5).

Matt Chapman of the A's won the AL Gold Glove at third base for the second year in a row, giving El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., a sweep of the position. Chapman took over the third base job at El Toro after the graduation of Arenado.

He is the Rockies all-time leader in Gold Gloves with two more than outfielder Larry Walker, who won seven Gold Gloves but two of them came when he was with Montreal.

Arenado now awaits Friday's announcement of his bid for a third consecutive Platinum Glove, which go to the best defensive player in the American League and National League. Trevor Story, the only other Rockies player among finalists, finished a runner up at shortstop, along with Paul DeJong of the Cardinals to Nick Ahmed of the Diamondbacks, who was honored for the second year in a row.

Former Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu was a finalist at second base in the AL, but LeMahieu, who signed with the Yankees last off-season, and Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished behind Yolmer Sanchez of the White Sox.

​LeMahieu (2014, 2017 and 2018) is tied with Todd Helton (2001, 2002 and 2004) and Carlos Gonzalez (2010, 2012 and 2013) for third among Rockies players for Gold Gloves with three apiece. Troy Tulowitzki won two (2010, 2011) and Neifi Perez won one (2000).

Rockies players have won 24 Gold Gloves, including at least one player each of the last 10 years. They also had a six-year streak (1997-2002).