Top defensive players named
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:02 pm
Chase Utley didn't have a great time with the glove in the postseason. OK, Chase Utley had a lousy time with the glove. But put down your torches and pitchforks, Phillies fans. Utley is still an elite defensive player as measured by sabermetric alphabet soup -- in the past three seasons, he's first in baseball in UZR/150, OOZ plays and DRS.
A group of humans also thinks Utley is good. He was named the top second baseman Monday in the Fielding Bible Awards, which are determined by a panel chosen by fielding guru John Dewan. There was a unanimous selection for the first time: Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, as the littlest Molina now has something to brag about when he and the rest of the catching Molina brothers gather for the holidays.
The top three by position:
First base -- Daric Barton, Albert Pujols, Ike Davis
Second base -- Utley, Orlando Hudson, Mark Ellis
Third base --Evan Longoria, Ryan Zimmerman, Adrian Beltre
Shortstop -- Troy Tulowitzki, Brendan Ryan, Alexei Ramirez
Left field -- Brett Gardner, Carl Crawford, Jose Tabata
Center field -- Michael Bourn, Franklin Gutierrez, Chris Young
Right field -- Ichiro Suzuki, Jay Bruce, Jason Heyward
Catcher -- Molina, Carlos Ruiz, Kurt Suzuki
Pitcher -- Mark Buehrle, Zack Greinke, Trevor Cahill
Baseball's official defensive honors, the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, will be announced November 9 (AL) and 10 (NL).
-- David Andriesen
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