PHOENIX -- Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Orlando Hudson today was named winner of the Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence in a vote of National League managers and coaches. This marks the second consecutive season Hudson has earned the coveted award, securing his first Rawlings Gold Glove in 2005 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. He is the sixth infielder in Major League history to win a Rawlings Gold Glove in each league, joining Bret Boone, J.T. Snow, Robin Ventura, Omar Vizquel and Matt Williams.
The 28-year old Hudson joined the Diamondbacks as part of a four-player trade with Toronto on Dec. 27, 2005. He finished his first year in Arizona as the Major League leader in total chances with 833, shattering his previous personal best of 757 with the Jays in 2003. Hudson finished the season with a .984 fielding percentage and led all big league second basemen with 116 double plays turned.
"This is a very gratifying honor to be recognized by the managers and coaches in the league," he said. "I have always taken a lot of pride in my work defensively and this is the ultimate compliment."
This is the third time in franchise history that a Diamondback has been recognized for his defensive excellence, with centerfielder Steve Finley winning back-to-back Rawlings Gold Gloves in 1999-2000.
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