We’ll know soon enough if Darwin Barney will win a Gold Glove for his stellar play at second base, but on Wednesday, he was named the Fielding Bible award winner as the top second baseman in major-league baseball. The Fielding Bible named nine award winners, with Barney getting the nod at second base.
Fielding Bible co-author John Dewan had this to say about Barney in a news release: “Darwin Barney’s defense is a shining star in an otherwise cloudy season for the 2012 Chicago Cubs. After a nondescript debut at second base in 2011, when he saved only one run defensively, Barney led all second basemen in 2012 with 28 runs saved. This total led by a wide margin.
“He had a lot more runs saved than defending Fielding Bible Award winner Dustin Pedroia’s total of 11, a lot more than Robinson Cano’s 15, and a lot more than Brandon Phillips’ 11. Those three came in second, third and fourth in a vote that wasn’t close; Barney received eight of ten first-place votes. Barney’s vote tabulation of 96 points was only four short of perfection.”
Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:
First base: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
Second base: Barney
Third base: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Shortstop: Brendan Ryan, Mariners
Left field: Alex Gordon, Royals
Center field: Mike Trout, Angels
Right field: Jason Heyward, Braves
Catcher: Yadier Moloina, Cardinals
Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Marlins
The news release says: “The winners are chosen by a panel of ten experts, including Peter Gammons, Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Doug Glanville, and John Dewan."
“The Fielding Bible Awards are determined by a panel of ten human beings who are charged with the task of determining the best fielders in baseball,” Dewan said in the release. “We ask them to use all the tools at their disposal to make their picks: both scouting and sabermetrics, and then we tell the world how they voted on each position. None of baseball’s other awards reveal who the voters voted for. The Fielding Bible Awards do.”
So there you have it.
The Cubs announced some roster moves today. Backup catcher Anthony Recker, who was designated for assignment Wednesday, was claimed today by the New York Mets.
The Cubs also outrighted to Class AAA Iowa: infielder Adrian Cardenas and pitchers Jason Berken, Miguel Socolovich and Marcos Mateo, who first was activated off the 60-day disabled list.