Fielding Bible Awards

2015’s Fielding Bible defensive awards have been announced. The National League had 6 winners, the American League 3.

No real surprises anywhere on the list

First Base – Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

Second Base – Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers

Third Base – Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

Shortstop – Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta Braves

Left Field – Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates

Center Field – Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay Rays

Right Field – Jason Heyward, St. Louis Cardinals

Catcher – Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

Pitcher – Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

Multi-Position – Ender Inciarte, Arizona Diamondbacks

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22 thoughts on “Fielding Bible Awards

  1. I knew Kinsler was decent at second, but looking it up he is actually an elite defender at the position and has been since 2009 or so.

    Happy that these awards appear to be going towards actually good defenders rather than ‘flashy’ defenders or big bats like the GG.

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  2. Goldschmidt and Posey are kinda weird…not sure i’d put them in the top 3 for either position. Seem like cases of offense bleeding into perception of defense. I’d probably have voted for Martin and Belt for those positions.


    1. Posey, yeah definitely. Goldy had a higher RF than anyone except Adrian Gonzalez, and the highest dWar (0.9) among 1st basemen and Gonzalez ( 0.1) is the only other one with a positive dWar


      1. Baseball ref’s defensive metrics are both funky and subjectively determined. They regularly make no sense whatsoever.


      2. These awards seem pretty fair to me. No gross injustices, unlike the GG.
        Posey, per SABR, had the highest SDI (an aggregation of various defensive metrics) of any catcher. Seems like he was fairly awarded: (9/13 was the last time they released rankings.)

        Goldy had the 2nd best SDI, with Belt being the best. I know defensive metrics are flawed, but they’re the best we have.

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      3. I agree, I just looked up Posey on the season and he was pretty damn good this year. He’s not typically someone I think of as an elite defender, but for 2015 he was. Martin was actually well below his historical norms.


      4. Interesting to note that based on SDI Yelich was actually the 3rd best LF in the game defensively. I have read a lot of stuff about how Yelich should be at first and that he’s not a very good defender, but the reality appears to be that he’s actually a good defender, and people seem to forget that he is capable of playing CF as well.


      1. I had a dickens of a time getting home last night. They are doing highway construction and the concrete barriers are like retaining walls to keep the water on the highway. Everyone was going 30 mph through it — in TEXAS!


      2. Ahh, Dallas, the New York City of Texas, eh Hist? Uttered by many native Texans as an insult, but, in reality, a compliment, of course. I lived in the Metromess most of the previous decade, and have bounced around a bit in the newspaper world since. I’m currently in Uppah Deep East Texas.


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