HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Although the Cardinals season didn’t end with a World Series title, Hilo native Kolten Wong is gold at last.
On Sunday, the MLB announced the 28-year-old would be taking home one of Major League Baseball’s biggest prizes: The Rawlings Gold Glove Award.
“Kolten’s Gold Glove selection is a well-deserved honor, and the Cardinals are extremely proud of his 2019 season,” said Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak.
The St. Louis second baseman beat out two other finalists for the prize. They were Adam Frazier of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Ozzie Albies of the Braves.
Team manager Mike Shildt credits his hard work and determination.
“Kolten has spent many years working on his craft and it’s well deserved that he is being recognized as an elite defender," Shildt said.
Wong is only the second Cardinal to win the award. The first was Fernando Vina, who won in both 2001 and 2002.
On Thursday, Wong was nominated alongside six of his Cardinals teammates as finalists for the 2019 Gold Gloves Awards. He was the only one from his team to take home the coveted title.
St Louis’s six finalists were the most from any MLB team. They were Jack Flaherty, Yadier Molina, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader.
Wong, capped his 2019 campaign, hitting .285 with 11 home runs, 59 RBIs and 24 stolen bases. He also swiped a career high 24 bases in 28 attempts and led the majors with 10 bunt hits.
This wasn’t the first time Wong has been up for the award. He was nominated last year, but fell short.
He’ll be honored at the Golden Glove dinner on Friday in New York. The most valuable player award will be announced November 14.