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The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor.

As you’ll recall, there were awards for the best overall defensive team, the best defender in each league, as well as the best defensive player per team.

The results, with the up-front head-smacking due to the fact that the best overall defensive team had its season end because they totally stunk up the NL Wild Card game with poor defense:

BEST OVERALL TEAM – Atlanta Braves


Yankees – Robinson Cano
Orioles – JJ Hardy
Red Sox – Dustin Pedroia
Blue Jays – Brett Lawrie
Rays – Jose Molina

Twins – Denard Span
Tigers – Austin Jackson
Royals – Lorenzo Cain
White Sox – Alexei Ramirez
Indians – Jason Kipnis

Mariners – Brendan Ryan
Rangers – Adrian Beltre
Angels – Mike Trout
A’s – Josh Reddick

Phillies – Carlos Ruiz
Marlins – Giancarlo Stanton
Nationals – Adam LaRoche
Braves – Michael Bourn
Mets – David Wright

Cardinals – Yadier Molina
Pirates – Andrew McCutchen
Cubs – Darwin Barney
Astros – Justin Maxwell
Brewers – Carlos Gomez
Reds – Brandon Phillips

Giants – Brandon Crawford
Dodgers – Matt Kemp
Diamondbacks – Aaron Hill
Rockies – Carlos Gonzalez
Padres – Chase Headley

  1. natsattack - Nov 5, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    “As you’ll recall, there were awards for the best overall defensive team in each league”

    You just have the best overall team.

    • scatterbrian - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Actually, what really matters is being the team with the most wins in the postseason.

      • Roger Moore - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:17 PM

        Not quite. Remember that the wild card teams have to win an extra post-season game to get into the Division Series. That means that a wild card team that faces a division winner in the World Series could lose 4-3 and still be tied for having the most wins. Close, but no cigar. The real goal is to win the last game of the season.

  2. proudlycanadian - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Looks like a reasonable list of winners.

  3. husky2score - Nov 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    I apologize Craig but how are the Braves the best team? If other NL teams like the Phillies or the Brewers wanted to play baseball this year, the Braves might not have made the playoffs! I’m not saying the Braves suck, they are just not the best team in the MLB.

    Good thing these “awards” don’t mean anything :)

    • cosanostra71 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      think you missed something there.

  4. jeffa43 - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

    Justin Maxwell! ?!!!!! Did you guys watch one Astro game this year?
    The answer is no cuz I have seen the ratings and there was no room for any viewers but me and my girl.

    Justin Maxwell did not play half the year.

    Jose Altuve showed he was gold for a full season.

    Mailed in that list for sure.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      In all fairness, not even the manager(s) watched 162 Astros games this season. Nobody could be expected to endure that.

    • Bryz - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Um, Jose Altuve was awful at 2B according to UZR, which I presume was at least somewhat used to determine these awards. Maxwell was at least above-average in the outfield.

  5. paperlions - Nov 5, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    CarGo is a pretty embarrassing choice. He only played LF all year, typically where the least talented defender plays….and he appears to have played it horribly (-13 DRS and -10.0 UZR/150) even in comparison to the other plodding players that play LF.

    Cain played in 61 games this year. That choice is….odd.

    LaRoche is a solid defensive 1B, but again…that is a low low bar as most guys generally are at 1B because they aren’t particularly good defenders. There is no way LaRoche was a better (as in more valuable) defensive player than Harper was this year.

  6. jkcalhoun - Nov 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Lorenzo Cain made some nice plays in the outfield for the Royals this year — in the 60 games he actually played out there while not injured. Meanwhile, Alex Gordon and, to a lesser degree of effectiveness, Mike Moustakas were getting the job done all year.

    So while he’s not exactly the Rafael Palmeiro of Wilson Defensive Aware winners, he’s not entirely dissimilar either.

  7. itsonlyaspeedbump - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Glad that for once the advanced metrics prove something I already believed—Brandon Crawford is a good SS. I was starting to think that I should watch baseball with my eyes closed since they always seem to lie to me.

  8. ch0psuey - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Cameron Maybin not on any of these lists? odd.

  9. nikguttormson - Nov 7, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I know I am not mistaken, so I will just go ahead and point out that the Rawlings Gold Glove award is a sponsored award. So the first paragraph of this post makes no sense at all. But cool to see MLB officially recognizing the award winners (through MLB network). Many on here will definitely agree (Craig included) that Mike Trout should have won the Rawlings Gold Glove, so very cool to see him recognized here with the Wilson award

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