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Darwin Barney was named the top defensive second baseman in the Major Leagues , according to the 2012 Fielding Bible Awards. He’s one of six first-time winners, who were determined by 10 experts of The Fielding Bible awards panel. The 2012 Fielding Bible Award winners are:
First Base—Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees (first-time winner)
Second Base—Darwin Barney, Chicago Cubs (first-time winner)
Third Base—Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers (fourth-time winner)
Shortstop—Brendan Ryan, Seattle Mariners (first-time winner)
Left Field—Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals (first-time winner)
Center Field—Michael Trout, Los Angeles Angels (first-time winner)
Right Field—Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves (first-time winner)
Catcher—Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals (fifth-time winner)
Pitcher—Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins (fourth-time winner)
Here are comments on Barney, as noted by John Dewan, co-author of The Fielding Bible:
“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.”
Previous second base winners:
2011 Dustin Pedroia
2010 Chase Utley
2009 Aaron Hill
2008 Brandon Phillips
2007 Aaron Hill
2006 Orlando Hudson
Darwin Barney is back in the Cubs’ lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks:
And on the day after he made only his second error of the season, Darwin Barney rested. He did not start Saturday, one day after being charged with an error to end his streak of mistake-free games at 141, which ties a Major League single-season record for second basemen set in 2007 by Placido Polanco. Barney was three outs away from setting the mark before he was charged with a throwing error in the eighth inning Friday against the Diamondbacks.
“I had to make that throw,” Barney said Saturday. “The one thing I questioned myself on after it happened was if I had rushed it, and after looking at [the replay], I didn’t rush it. I had the chance to make that play and if the ball is on line, then [the runner is] out.”
His approach through the entire streak was to play aggressive and try to make plays.
“You just can’t hold the ball because of [trying to get a record],” he said.
Rookie first baseman Anthony Rizzo seemed more upset than Barney at the play because he wasn’t able to pick up the throw.
“I think there were a lot of emotions that a lot of these guys have probably never had on the baseball side of things,” manager Dale Sveum said. “As soon as he made that error, you could hear a pin drop. You couldn’t believe it happened, especially that way. Everyone was quiet and reflected on what went on and obviously the emotions carried on after the game as well.”
Rizzo stood by Barney during his post-game media session. Sveum said that just shows the type of player Rizzo is.
“There’s no blame in anything like that,” Sveum said. “It’s probably one of the most unfortunate things I’ve ever been a part of in baseball for something like that come to an end. A first baseman expects to pick a ball like that. He’ll probably pick 99 percent of them. The ball hopped over his glove, and he thought he had it and couldn’t believe it didn’t go in his glove. It’s very unfortunate.”
Barney’s bid for a Major League record fell short but he does own all National League records for consecutive error-less games at second base, having surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s former record 123-game error-less streak, allowing for multiple seasons, that ran from June 21, 1989-May 17, 1990. David Eckstein owned the previous NL single-season mark of 113-consecutive games set with San Diego in 2010.
Barney got a text message from Sandberg after game No. 124 of the streak. He received a few more texts from family and friends on Friday.
“It’s crazy to be a part of that with Polanco,” Barney said. “We were talking, and maybe something happened that was really special on Polanco’s run that he was supposed to keep it. Baseball’s a funny game that way.
“I feel blessed and fortunate to be a part of it with him,” Barney said. “It’s one of those things. Baseball’s a funny game that way. What are the odds of it happening on that day? It did. You’ll look back on it like it was supposed to happen.”
– Carrie Muskat
One day after his error-less streak ended, Darwin Barney was not in the Cubs starting lineup Saturday for Game 2 against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Here’s the lineup:
– Carrie Muskat
* Darwin Barney’s bid for a Major League record fell short on Friday. But he does own all NL records for consecutive error-less games at second base, having surpassed Ryne Sandberg’s former record 123-game error-less streak, allowing for multiple seasons, that ran from June 21, 1989-May 17, 1990. David Eckstein owned the previous NL single-season mark of 113-consecutive games set with San Diego in 2010. Barney’s 141-game errorless streak at second base spanned 1,154 1/3 innings since his only other miscue this year at second base, April 17 in Miami.
Barney’s 141-game errorless streak, which lasted from April 18-Sept. 27, featured more total chances per nine innings (5.30) than any other second baseman in baseball. During the 141 games, Barney had far more putouts (293) than any other second baseman in baseball in that span (Gordon Beckham was next closest at 259) and Barney’s 676 total chances trailed only Arizona’s Aaron Hill (687).
* Alfonso Soriano has a career high 106 RBIs at the age of 36 with the Cubs. With his next RBIs, he will become the first player in franchise history to reach 107 RBIs at the age of 36 or older. Ernie Banks had 106 RBIs at the age of 38 in 1969 and Moises Alou had 106 RBIs at the age of 37 in 2004.
* The Cubs have lost 98 games. The last time they lost more was in 1966 (club-record 103 losses).
* They also are 0-17 on the road against the National League West: San Francisco (0-4), Arizona (0-4), Los Angeles (0-3), San Diego (0-3) and Colorado (0-3).
“Our road record has been pretty awful,” Dale Sveum said. “Not very good teams, that’s usually what happens. You don’t want to lose this many games. … You wish you had the magic potion for that one. Even great teams struggle on the road. You don’t want to struggle this bad. That’s one thing going into next year, you have to get better at.”
The Cubs are 15th in the National League in road batting average (.235), 14th in on-base percentage (.291), 15th in slugging percentage (.368), 15th in runs scored (259), and 10th in home runs (70).
– Carrie Muskat
Nobody felt worse for Darwin Barney than Anthony Rizzo. In the eighth inning Friday, Barney tried to make an off-balance throw to Rizzo to get Justin Upton but the ball hit the dirt and bounced past Rizzo. Upton was credited with a hit but there was a runner at second and he scored on an error. It was Barney’s first miscue in 141 games, and instead of setting a Major League record, he finishes tied with Placido Polanco for most error-free games in a single season.
“That’s probably the sickest feeling that I think I’ve had in the game besides a couple playoff losses when you know you’re going home,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s wow, you can’t believe it. Some things you can’t understand in this world and in life, period. That one is unbelievable to happen in the [eighth] inning and a play like that. It wasn’t even an error — it was an error because a guy advanced on a base hit that got away from the first baseman.”
Said Rizzo: “It’s one of those things, I think I should have had.”
Said Barney: “I knew immediately that it was an error. Honestly, there were no real thoughts at that particular moment going through my mind.”
Did Barney consider holding onto the ball?
“No, I’ve got to make that play,” Barney said. “It was 5-3 at the time. We’re in that ballgame. My job is to make plays regardless of taking risk and I think I’ve done that through this whole little run. That’s just how you play the game. You can’t hold that ball right there.”
Rizzo stood beside Barney as he met with the media post game. The two had been sequestered in a corner of the clubhouse with a few other teammates, commiserating.
“First off, what he’s done is incredible,” Rizzo said of Barney. “That play up the middle — incredible play, fearless, which he’s done all year. That’s the type of player Barney is. That’s why everyone was so upset. For me, it could turn into a positive. Everyone’s closer. I feel a lot of emotion right now.”
Actually, Rizzo felt ill after the play happened and the “E” flashed on the scoreboard.
“Rizzo wanted to throw up,” Barney said. “Both of us were talking about how we didn’t want another ball [hit to them].”
– Carrie Muskat
Darwin Barney’s streak is over.
On Friday, Barney had a chance to break the Major League record of error-free games if he did not make a miscue. But in the eighth inning, he fielded Justin Upton’s grounder and tried to make an off-balance throw to first. The throw was off the mark, and Barney was charged with an error, his first since April 17.
Barney’s single-season streak ends at 141 games, equaling the Major League mark set by Polanco in 2007 for the Tigers.
“One other person at this point has put together a defensive year like he has,” Dale Sveum said. “I’ve been in the game 30 years, and I’ve never seen anyone play second base like [Barney] has. I was very fortunate to be around who I consider the best I’d ever seen at that position in Jimmy Gantner in Milwaukee. He was another guy who was under the radar because of his offense.
“I think Barney is better than that,” Sveum said. “He puts everything into the package, going for pop ups down the right field line, double plays, the range — he has so many different things in his tool box. It’s not just a guy catching the ball, routine balls. He’s been spectacular all season.”
Barney is rewriting the National League record each game as he surpassed the old mark of 123 games, held by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who was Barney’s former Minor League manager.
– Carrie Muskat
Darwin Barney tucked another souvenir ball into his gear bag on Thursday. The Cubs second baseman is hoping for at least one more. Barney played in his 141st consecutive error-less game to tie a single-season Major League record by a second baseman, set in 2007 by the Tigers’ Placido Polanco. Barney is rewriting the National League mark each game as he surpassed the old record of 123 games, held by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who was Barney’s former Minor League manager. Barney saved a ball from his 124th game, and now has one from Thursday’s contest.
“They’re good mementos, and a sign of the hard work we’ve done on the defensive side,” Barney said.
He leads all NL second basemen in fielding percentage and has made one error this season. His error-less streak is now 1,147 1/3 innings. His streak survived rainy weather in the first two games of the Cubs’ series against the Rockies, and on Thursday, he turned a nifty double play in the second without fear.
“None of that is on my mind until it happens I guess,” Barney said of the streak. “With [first baseman Anthony] Rizzo over there, you feel comfortable making throws no matter what. It’s not really on my mind.”
– Carrie Muskat
Darwin Barney is now one game away from tying the Major League record for consecutive error-less games by a second baseman. On Wednesday at Coors Field, Barney played in his 140th error-free game, and is one away from matching the Major League mark of 141 games, set in 2007 by Placido Polanco. Barney is rewriting the National League mark each game as he surpassed the old record of 123 games, held by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who was Barney’s former Minor League manager. Barney leads all NL second basemen in fielding percentage and has made one error this season. His error-less streak is now 1,139 1/3 innings.
Don’t expect Barney to get a day off.
“Barney has the whole winter to rest,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
– Carrie Muskat
Following Tuesday’s loss to the Rockies, the Cubs now are 0-14 on the road against National League West teams.
“It’s always tough to win in the west,” Dale Sveum said. “The bottom line is we haven’t been able to get anybody out, either. … Tonight, to score that many runs early and then give just give it right back, you’re not going to win many road games when you’re giving up that many hard hit balls or balls hit out of the ballpark.”
The Rockies pounded 15 hits — six for extra bases — in the abbreviated game, called after 6 1/2 innings because of rain.
“We came out swinging the bats really well,” Sveum said. “We couldn’t get them to make any soft contact, that’s for sure. There were some balls hit pretty hard on their side. Even the outs we got, we’re lucky they were at people.”
* Rookie Chris Rusin has one more start to go this season, closing the series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday in the Cubs’ final road game.
“It’s been a learning experience, a good experience to get your feet wet,” said Rusin, who spent most of this season at Triple-A Iowa. “At the same time, you try to do well. You just take whatever you can get from it and learn from it, and figure out what you have to work on next year. [I've got] one more — try to end solid and end on a good note.”
* Tuesday’s game was played in a constant rain. Sveum said the field had become unplayable.
“It just rained too hard for too long a period of time,” Sveum said.
The game was called after a 48-minute delay.
“It was terrible — I thought I was on ice skates,” Sappelt said of the field conditions. “Every time I tried to throw the ball, I thought I was going to slide.”
* The Cubs’ magic number is four. They need four wins in the remaining eight games to avoid a 100-loss season, which would be the team’s first since the 1966 Cubs lost 103 games.
* Starlin Castro hit his 14th home run in the third. He now has 52 extra-base hits this season, three shy of his career high of 55, set last year.
* Darwin Barney’s NL-record errorless streak at second base is now at 139 consecutive games. He is closing in on the Major League record of 141 set by Placido Polanco in 2007 with the Tigers.
– Carrie Muskat