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