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Francoeur Gets 1st Gold Glove, Maddux 17th, Jones 10th

Atlanta Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur won his first Gold Glove award as the top defenseman at his position in the National League. Former Braves pitcher Greg Maddux and center fielder Andruw Jones (who played for the Braves last season but will not be re-signed) won their 17th and 10th, respectively.

You know it’s been a big week when winning your first Gold Glove ranks a distant second on the scale of importance. Braves right fielder Jeff Francoeur was honored for fielding excellence with a National League Gold Glove on Tuesday — three days after marrying his former Parkview High School sweetheart, Catie McCoy.

Center fielder Andruw Jones won his 10th consecutive Gold Glove in presumably his final season with the Braves, who have said they won’t re-sign the free agent. Former Braves pitcher Greg Maddux, now with San Diego, won his record-setting 17th Gold Glove.

“It’s great for him that people are taking notice,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said. “We’ve always taken notice. It’s always a surprise to us when an opposing third-base coach tries to challenge him, because seems like more often than not the result is an out at the plate.”

Francoeur, 23, was on his honeymoon, and his voicemail message said he didn’t take his cellphone with him and would not return messages until he got back in mid-November.

Congrats to all.

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