By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – For the first time since 1987, a Pirates’ catcher has been named a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner.

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Jacob Stallings was announced as a gold glove winner on Sunday after he was a finalist last season.

In the 2021 season, Stallings led all MLB catchers in defensive runs saved with 21 and a pitch block rate of 95.5%.

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He played 892 innings without allowing a passed ball, making him the only catcher without a passed ball among those with at least 500 innings caught.

Stallings becomes the first Pirates catcher to win the award since Mike LaVallieere won the award in 1987.

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He is also the 19th Pirates player to win the award since Rawlings began giving out the award in 1957.