11/7 Barney wins defensive award

Second baseman Darwin Barney was named the Cubs’ Wilson Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday. The award was announced on MLB Network.

Barney led all National League second basemen in fielding percentage, and made just four errors in 139 starts. He posted a .799 zone rating, seventh best in the NL. Founded in 2012, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by using a formula that balances scouting information, sabermetric analysis and basic fielding statistics. Wilson Sporting Goods has been the Official Ball Glove of Major League Baseball for over 20 years. Beginning with the introduction of its first glove in 1919, Wilson has outfitted thousands of Major League players, from Ernie Banks to Barney.

Barney also is a nominee for top defensive player in the GIBBYs, MLB.com’s Greatness in Baseball Yearly awards, and will have some tough competition from the Orioles’ Manny Machado, the Rays’ Evan Longoria, the Red Sox’s Dustin Pedroia, the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons, the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina, and the Rockies’ Troy Tulowitzki. You can vote for Barney on MLB.com.

– Carrie Muskat

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Congratulations

There is NO doubting his defensive prowess White. Congrats to him!!
AND YOU!!
uh…AND ISABEL!!!!! (how you doin’ Isabel??? Still out there??)

Happy, happy! White!!!

Another site has predicted that Barney will be non tendered. If that happens he will become a FA, take his magic glove and move elsewhere.
That may give somebody a better shot at hitting over .210 at the second base position.

Hey Carrie, have you heard anything about Logan Watkins being groomed as the non-tendered Barney’s replacement if not groomed as the clean up hitter?
(HAD to do it Carrie….)

Might be a few more errors at 2B next year, but at least when Watkins or Baez come to the plate, there will be a much much better chance for a hit.
No matter where that person should hit in the line up.
I am not sorry Carrie. :)

Happy Birthday to Dar AND Lindsey today! Born same day – 4 hrs. a part. Dar is the elder! :)

Hey Carrie, have you heard anything about Baez being groomed as the non-tendered Barney’s replacement if not groomed as the clean up hitter?
(Didn’t HAVE to do it Carrie…uh, yes I DID…)

Happy for Barney, and for all those involved in developing the Cubs farm system into one of the top systems in all of baseball. It certainly brightens the future when guys like Barney are coming down the pipe toward Wrigley Field to live their dreams and help us enjoy ours. Hope Spring gets here fast.

You got that right Bob! IF Barney remains a Cub there IS the CHANCE for him regaining his pre-2013 offense (not huge but much better than his .212 avg.) just as there is the CHANCE Castro regains his pre 2013 offense and Rizzo GETTING BETTER. Barney is not the only player to have “bad” offensive numbers last year, it’s just that his numbers were the worst of the bunch and rightfully so he gets scrutinized more so than the others. The new manager and his coaching staff will play a big role in those three player’s 2014 Cubs season.

I no the farm system is greatly improve from pre-theo era. But why don’t my cubs go after a dominent hitting o.f. to bat behind our youngsters[rizzo-beaz] and add a much needed change in the clubhouse. Ortiz had his team fired up by his words and example. You can field a young winning team but need the right veteren to lead as well as our new manager. that being said GO CUBS GO

Don’t worry you guys Im still here! Slowly getting here haha. But I am very proud of him, he is, without a doubt, one of the best. I admire him for never letting anything bring him down, he simply say “I’m going to keep practicing to get better for next time.” That’s something I wish I could do, and one thing I love about him! :)

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