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The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards to be announced Sunday

Nov 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

Mike Trout AP

I’m not always the biggest fan of sponsored awards announced in a made-for-TV presentation, but in a world where people still think Gold Gloves matter, I’m all for this:

From great diving catches in the outfield to acrobatic plays in the infield, the first-ever Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards will be announced exclusively on MLB Network this Sunday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Hosted by MLB Network’s Ahmed Fareed and Eric Byrnes, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards will name the best defensive player on each MLB club, while also crowning the best defensive player in each league and naming the best defensive team in all of baseball. The award winners were determined by the detailed statistical analysis of MLB Network’s “shredder system” used by Clubhouse Confidential, plus input from MLB Network analysts.

Looking forward to Brendan Ryan getting his due.

  1. rockthered1286 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    The only part of these gems that’s better than the actual play itself? The priceless faces caught in freeze frame.

  2. wshifflette - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Why are you obsessed with Brenden Ryan? His season was statistically worse than JJ Hardy. He is worse than Hardy in every SS category.

    • paperlions - Nov 2, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      Feel free to provide these “categories”….if you use fielding % or number of errors, you need to find other categories….you know…things that actually mean something.

      • wshifflette - Nov 3, 2012 at 11:22 AM

        http://www.baseball-reference.com/leaders/

        There isn’t a single category that Ryan leads over Hardy. NOT A SINGLE ONE.

        Def. Games as SS
        Putouts as SS
        Assists as SS
        Total Zone Runs as SS
        Range Factor/9Inn as SS
        Range Factor/Game as SS
        Fielding % as SS

      • paperlions - Nov 3, 2012 at 12:09 PM

        Those “categories” are all fairly useless, which is why people (including every team) developed new and better metrics to evaluate defense.

        For the two metrics that are based on play-by-play video review, which actually evaluates where balls were hit and how fielders performed on such plays compared to other players of the positions, Ryan leads quite easily.

        He had 27 defensive runs saved to only 18 for Hardy, while Hardy played nearly 300 more innings (in other words, he saved 50% more runs than Hardy on defense despite playing only 80% as much time there. His UZR150 was also far superior: 17.1 to 10.1.

  3. foreverchipper10 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    Tom Hanks better hand out a volleyball as the trophy or I’m gonna be disappointed.

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