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Andruw proves golden once again

Andruw wins ninth straight Gold Glove

ATLANTA -- Last year it seemed Andruw Jones was garnering a different postseason award on a daily basis. With little surprise, his only such honor this year is the same one he's annually garnered since he was 21 years old.

When this year's National League Gold Glove winners were announced on Friday, Jones once again found himself among the honorees. This is the ninth consecutive year that he's received the award, which recognizes defensive excellence.

"It is an honor to win another Rawlings Gold Glove Award," Jones said. "I take a lot of pride in my defense, and any time you are recognized as one of the best in a league full of great defensive players, it is very special."

Jones, who is regarded as one of the greatest defensive outfielders to ever play the game, has earned a Gold Glove every year since becoming Atlanta's starting center fielder during the 1998 season. He committed just two errors in 384 total chances this past season, and registered four assists.

When Jones garnered his first Gold Glove Award, the other NL outfielders to garner the same honor were Barry Bonds and Larry Walker. This year, the other NL Gold Glove outfielders are Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron.

Other NL's recipients this year are Greg Maddux, Orlando Hudson, Omar Vizquel, Brad Ausmus and Albert Pujols.

Last year, Jones joined Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Mays as the only players to win a Gold Glove in the same year that they hit at least 50 homers. Pujols fell one homer short of joining that select club this season.

This is the record-tying 16th Gold Glove Award for Maddux. He had won 13 straight before his then-Atlanta teammate Mike Hampton ended the run in 2003.

Jones, Maddux, Phil Niekro and Dale Murphy are the only players to win at least five Gold Gloves while wearing a Braves uniform.

Gold Gloves have been presented every year since 1957 by Rawlings. Managers and coaches vote before the end of the regular season and can't select any of their own players.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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