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11/05/08 6:17 PM EST

Maddux picks up 18th Gold Glove

Veteran right-hander adds to his Major League record

LOS ANGELES -- Greg Maddux's anticipated retirement will really put the pressure on voters for the National League Gold Glove for pitchers.

In what likely amounts as a parting gift, Maddux won the award Wednesday for the 18th time in the past 19 years, the unprecedented streak somehow interrupted in 2003 by Mike Hampton. The award is voted by managers and coaches in each league.

The 42-year-old Maddux, said by agent Scott Boras to be retiring after his 23rd Major League season, has two more career Gold Glove awards than the next closest players, Jim Kaat and Brooks Robinson. The next closest pitcher is Bob Gibson with nine.

Maddux made one error in 17 chances with the Dodgers after being acquired in an Aug. 19 trade from San Diego for a pair of Minor League pitchers. He also committed two errors while with San Diego.

If this is Maddux's final season, he ended it as a reliever, pitching two scoreless -- and errorless -- innings in the Dodgers' 5-1 loss to the Phillies in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. When he came off the mound after the fifth inning, he asked plate umpire Ted Barrett for the baseball.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.