Hall of Fame Season for Padres? Believe It

Hall calls for glove of Padres third baseman.

By Josh Kleinbaum
|  Wednesday, Oct 7, 2009  |  Updated 9:53 AM PDT
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Kevin Kouzmanoff made just three errors in 2009 -- and the Hall of Fame now wants his glove. Yes, something good happened for the Padres in 2009.

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It was a Hall of Fame season for the Padres. Seriously. Stop laughing.

Sure, the Padres finished the 2009 baseball season with a 75-87 record, good for fourth place in the NL West. But one piece of leather was good enough for the Hall.

Padres third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff finished the season with a .990 fielding percentage -- a single-season record for National League third basemen -- and the Hall asked for a game-used glove from this season.

"I have to pick the glove," Kouzmanoff said. "They aren't getting my gamer!"

Kouzmanoff committed only three errors in 311 total chances. He broke the record of a .987 fielding percentage, set by Colorado's Vinny Castillo in 2004.

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