from the Cubs Media Relations dept:

CHICAGO ñ Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee today was awarded the 2007 National League Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence at first base. The honor is Leeís second as a Cub and the third in his major league career, as he also received the N.L. Gold Glove at first base in 2003 and 2005. Lee received the honor by a vote of league managers and coaches at the end of the season.

Lee is now the seventh Cub in franchise history to win multiple Gold Glove Awards and the second player to do so at first base. Mark Grace won four awards at first base in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1996, joining Lee as the only winner at first base in club history.

Lee also joins second baseman Ryne Sandberg (nine Gold Gloves as a Cub), pitcher Greg Maddux (six), third baseman Ron Santo (five), outfielder Andre Dawson and shortstop Don Kessinger (two) as Cubs with multiple Gold Glove wins.

The 32-year-old wrapped up the 2007 campaign with a .994 fielding percentage, committing only seven errors in 1,259 total chances in 147 games (146 starts).

Leeís career .994 fielding percentage at first base ranks sixth among active players while his 1,352 games at the position rank third, trailing only Carlos Delgado (1,588) and Todd Helton (1,537).

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