Sunday October 4, 2009
Congratulations Kevin Kouzmanoff!
San Diego Padres Third Baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff set two MLB record for fielding by a 3B.
Kouzmanoff's committed just 3 errors in 309 total chances and had a .990 fielding percentage.
The MLB record for fewest errors by a 3B with 300+ chances was previously 5.
In the AL Don Money for Milwaukee in 1974 and Eric Chavez for the Oakland Athletics in 2006. In the NL the record was 7 by Mike Lowell of the Florida Marlins in 2004.
The record for fielding percentage in the NL had been held by former Padre Vinny Castilla during his 2004 season with the Colorado Rockies and the MLB record was was held by Don Money at .989.
I had read that someone had a .990 fielding percentage in the AL, but I can't seem to find it.
The bottom line is Kouzmanoff had one of the best defensive seasons in major league history.
Congratulations and I hope to see you back in a Padres uniform in 2010 to continue your overall improvement as a player.