Kemp led all Major League center fielders and ranked third among all big league outfielders with 14 outfield assists, tying him for seventh place on the Dodgers outfield assists chart. The Oklahoma native made just two errors on the season and posted a .995 fielding percentage, third among NL center fielders, behind Gold Glove winner Shane Victorino and Nate McLouth.
Kemp is the first Dodger outfielder to win a Gold Glove since center fielder Steve Finley in 2004, which was also the last time more than one Dodger won the award in the same season. The Dodger outfielder to win a Gold Glove was Willie Davis, who took home the honor three straight years from 1971-73.
Kemp played 1,355.1 innings in center field, which more than any other Dodger Gold Glove center fielder. Over the last two years, his 30 outfield assists are tied for second in the Major Leagues with Baltimore's Nick Markakis, trailing only Houston's Hunter Pence (32).
In 145 games at second base, Hudson made just eight errors and posted a .988 fielding percentage (T-4th, NL), fifth on the franchise's single-season list by a second baseman, behind Jody Reed (.993, in 1993), Jackie Robinson (.992 in 1951), Charlie Neal (.989 in 1959), and Mark Grudzielanek (.989 in 2002).
Hudson becomes the third Dodger second baseman to win a Gold Glove and the first since Davey Lopes in 1978. Neal was the franchise's first second baseman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, taking home the honor in 1959, the club's first championship season in Los Angeles.
Greg Maddux was the lone Dodger winner in 2008. They have never had more than two Gold Glove winners in a season.
The Dodgers have now won 38 Gold Glove Awards in their history, led by Wes Parker's six consecutive awards at first base from 1967-72.
The 2009 Team
Catcher Yadier Molina of St. Louis replaced Russell Martin as the top catcher in the league in 2008 and won his second Gold Glove in 2009. He made only five errors in 971 total chances (.995), throwing out 40.7 percent of would-be basestealers and compiling a 3.48 catcher's ERA.
San Diego Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez repeated his 2008 crown by tying for fourth in the league with a fielding percentage of .995. Gonzalez made only seven errors in 1,367 total chances.
Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins took home the award for a third straight season after compiling a Major League-best .990 fielding percentage for the repeating NL champions.
Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won his first Gold Glove and led all NL third basemen in assists, total chances, total outs recorded and games started.
In the NL outfield, center fielder Shane Victorino of the Phillies made his second straight Gold Glove team. The former Dodger minor leaguer, a native of Hawaii, made only one error in 345 chances (.997) a year after making two in 323 chances.
Houston's speedy Michael Bourn collected his first Gold Glove and had 11 assists and a .992 fielding percentage.
Rawlings established the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1957 as the top measure of fielding excellence. The award is presented annually to 18 players – one for each position – in both the American and National Leagues. Winners are selected by Major League coaches and managers prior to the conclusion of the regular season. Managers and coaches may not vote for players from their own club and only vote for players in their own league.
The 2008 team: P - Adam Wainright, Cardinals C - *Yadier Molina, Cardinals 1B - *Adrian Gonzalez, Padres 2B - Orlando Hudson, Los Angeles 3B - Ray Zimmerman, Nationals SS - *Jimmy Rollins, Phillies OF - Matt Kemp, Dodgers OF - *Shane Victorino, Phillies Of - Michael Bourn, AstrosHodges First Dodgers Winner
In 1957, the award's initial season, Gil Hodges won the first of his three gloves. He also won in 1958 and 1959. Hodges started a trend of Dodger first base Gold Glove winners, including six straight for Wes Parker 1967-72 and four straight awards for Garvey 1974-77.
Center fielder Willie Davis was a three-time award winner. Shortstop Maury Wills won twice as did Roseboro, pitcher Andy Messersmith and right fielder Raul Mondesi plus, of course, Maddux.
No Dodgers third baseman has ever won a Gold Glove despite the sustained brilliance of Adrian Beltré during his 1998-2004 tour of duty with the Dodgers, although he won the award while playing for the Mariners.
The complete of Dodger winners: 2008 - Greg Maddux p 2007 - Russell Martin, C 2006 - Greg Maddux, P 2004 - Steve Finley, OF 2004 - Cesar Izturis, SS 1998 - Charles Johnson, C 1997 - Raul Mondesi, OF 1995 - Raul Mondesi, OF 1988 - Orel Hershiser, P 1986 - Fernando Valenzuela, P 1981 - Dusty Baker, OF 1978 - Davey Lopes, 2B 1977 - Steve Garvey, 1B 1976 - Steve Garvey, 1B 1975 - Andy Messersmith, P 1975- -Steve Garvey, 1B 1974 - Andy Messersmith, P 1974 - Steve Garvey, 1B 1973 - Willie Davis, OF 1972 - Wes Parker, 1B 1972 - Willie Davis, OF 1971 - Willie Davis, OF 1971 - Wes Parker, 1B 1970 - Wes Parker, 1B 1969 - Wes Parker, 1B 1968 - Wes Parker, 1B 1967 - Wes Parker, 1B 1966 - John Roseboro, C 1962 - Maury Wills, SS 1961 - Maury Wills, SS 1961 - John Roseboro, C 1960 - Wally Moon, OF 1959 - Charlie Neal, 2B 1959 - Gil Hodges, 1B 1958 - Gil Hodges, 1B 1957 - Gil Hodges, 1B