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Yadier Molina leads fifth annual “Fielding Bible Awards”

Nov 1, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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For those of us who have come to more or less ignore Gold Glove awards as a meaningful way to measure defensive excellence, the fifth annual Fielding Bible Awards were announced today.

Voted on by a 10-person panel that includes Bill James, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Rob Neyer, and John Dewan as well as the entire video scouting team at Baseball Info Solutions, the award sets out to recognize the best defensive player at each position, regardless of league.

Here are the 2010 winners:

C – Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B – Daric Barton, A’s
2B – Chase Utley, Phillies
SS – Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B – Evan Longoria, Rays
LF – Brett Gardner, Yankees
CF – Michael Bourn, Astros
RF – Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
P – Mark Buehrle, White Sox

I might choose differently at two or three spots, but those guys are all legitimately elite defenders at their position and unfortunately that can’t always be said about the Gold Glove winners. I’d be surprised if more than five of the Fielding Bible Award recipients also won a Gold Glove despite the latter being given to one representative for each league.

Molina is the first unanimous selection in the five-year history of the Fielding Bible Awards, and he joins Suzuki, Buehrle, and Tulowitzki as repeat winners.

  1. Kevin S. - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Well, the outfield will often be different, because FB votes position-specific, while GG just gives it to three outfielders, and (rightfully) biases towards centerfielders. Definitely enjoyed seeing my boy Brett Gardner getting some love here, though.

  2. BC - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    You give it to Gardner over Carl Crawford????
    And Utley sucks, move him to the outfield.
    Yes the second one was sarcasm.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM

      Obviously, I don’t watch Carl Crawford enough to say how good his defense is – I only know by reputation and metrics. But I do know that Gardner backs up his metrics, which have him tied with Crawford in +/-, a smidge behind in RZR, and a couple runs in front in UZR as a left fielder. Given that Gardner only played 75% of the innings in left that Crawford did (because he had to cover center, too), being tied/ahead of Crawford in both counting stats is even more impressive.

  3. Jonny 5 - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:26 PM

    Molina…….. Awesome player. That Mrs. Molina had herself a super good litter of catchers. Wow. Imagine if Mrs. Molina had hooked up with Nolan Ryan, or some other Phenom from the past. the possibilities are endless.

    • willmose - Nov 1, 2010 at 1:44 PM

      The Molinas’ father was a outstanding catcher.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:02 PM

        Who says. As far as i know, he was a factory worker that was able to coach his boys, well i must add.

  4. lateralsymmetry - Nov 1, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Any idea who some of the runner-ups were? I checked the site and could only find the winners posted.

    I’m particularly interested in RF, because even though Ichiro is amazing, every time I saw him this year it seemed like he had lost a step. And yes, my viewings equate to a very small sample size of his overall performance, but I’m still curious as to who else is considered in his class.

    • lateralsymmetry - Nov 1, 2010 at 3:10 PM

      Okay, replying to my own comment now, but here’s the link:

      for the top 10 vote getters at each position.

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