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Francoeur wins Gold Glove

Jeff Francoeur will have a little something else to pick up when he gets back from his honeymoon in Mexico.

No, not another wedding gift. This item is a Gold Glove.

The Atlanta Braves right fielder from Lilburn won the honor Tuesday as one of the National League's best fielders.

The Gold Glove, sponsored by Rawlings, was the first such award for Francoeur. It probably won't be the last.

Francoeur paced the majors with 19 outfield assists last season, something that certainly drew the attention of the voters.

Andruw Jones was honored for the 10th consecutive time in balloting by managers and coaches. It was likely the last Gold Glove for the center fielder as a member of the Braves.

Jones, 30, is a free agent and the Braves announced shortly after the end of the season that they wouldn't be a bidder for the Scott Boras client, who lives in Duluth.

Former Braves pitcher Greg Maddux, now with the San Diego Padres, won his 17th Gold Glove, breaking a tie with former pitcher Jim Kaat for the most ever for a player at any position. Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson leads nonpitchers with 16.

Maddux, 41, agreed to a contract Monday to pitch another season for the Padres. He has 347 career victories and won the Gold Glove 10 times while a member of the Braves.

Francoeur, 23 was one of four National League outfielders selected because of a tie in the voting. Joining Francoeur and Jones was Carlos Beltran of the New York Mets and Philadelphia's Aaron Rowand.

Like Jones, Rowand is a free agent this winter.

With the likely departure of Jones, the Braves have an opening in center field and Francoeur played there in high school at Parkview and in the minors. But the Braves have said that their plan is to keep Francoeur in right field.

Francoeur was the only Brave to play in every game last season and committed just five errors. Jones was charged with only two errors.

Francoeur married Parkview sweetheart Catie McCoy on Saturday at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead. Groomsmen included Braves teammates Brian McCann and Clint Sammons, also former Gwinnett County high school standouts.

The rehearsal diner was held at Turner Field's 755 Club. The wedding reception was at the Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta.

Francoeur obviously wasn't thinking about a possible Gold Glove when he left on his honeymoon. His voicemail message said he didn't take his cellphone with him to Mexico and that he would not return messages until he got back in the middle of the month.