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11/02/11 12:45 AM EST

Polanco's Gold Glove puts him in elite company

Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco won his third career Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday night.

Polanco, 36, joins Darin Erstad as the only players in big league history to win a Gold Glove at multiple positions. Polanco won Gold Gloves as a second baseman while playing for the Tigers in 2007 and '09.

This past season, Polanco started 115 games at third base for Philadelphia, making eight errors for a .977 fielding percentage.

Rawlings established the Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 1957 as the greatest measure of fielding excellence. The award is presented annually to 18 players -- one for each position -- in both the American and National Leagues. Winners are selected by Major League Baseball managers and coaches prior to the conclusion of the regular season. Managers and coaches may not vote for players from their own club and can only vote for players in their own league.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.