Barney with the Toronto Blue Jays
|Toronto Blue Jays – No. 18|
November 8, 1985 |
|August 12, 2010 for the Chicago Cubs|
(through 2015 season)
|Runs batted in||157|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Competitor for United States|
|World University Championship|
Darwin James Kunane Barney (born November 8, 1985) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played for the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2012, he won both the Rawlings Gold Glove Award and the Fielding Bible Award in recognition of his defensive skills.
Barney attended Oregon State University and played for the Beavers for its back-to-back NCAA Division I Baseball Championships in 2006 and 2007, and was named to the all-tournament team in 2007.
He was the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2005, and earned Freshman All-American honors. In 2006, Barney was selected to Team USA by USA Baseball, where his team won the gold medal at the World University Baseball Championship.
Barney spent 2007-2009 in the Cubs minor-league system. In 2009 he split time with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Throughout the 2009 season Barney posted a .293 batting average in 137 games. In January 2010, Barney was invited to the Cubs' training camp. Barney opened the 2010 season with the Triple A Iowa Cubs.
On August 11, 2010 Barney was called up from Triple-A to play with the Cubs after they traded Mike Fontenot to the San Francisco Giants. Barney split time at second base and played alongside fellow rookie Starlin Castro who was the team's starting shortstop. He went on to hit .241 in 30 games.
After a strong spring training, Barney eventually earned a spot on the Cubs opening day roster as the starting second baseman in 2011, beating out Jeff Baker and Blake DeWitt for the job. After hitting .326 with 14 RBIs in his first month, he was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April.
In 2012, Barney won a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding second baseman in MLB. Barney was also awarded the 2012 Gold Glove award for his play at second base, the first by a Cub second baseman since Ryne Sandberg's nine-year run from 1983-1991. During the season, he recorded only 2 errors at second base, and tied the MLB record for consecutive errorless games at second base with 141 games.
Barney started 2013 on the disabled list, and Brent Lillibridge was the Opening Day second baseman. After a rehab assignment in Iowa, he returned to Chicago on April 16, replacing Lillibridge, and became the starting second baseman. In 141 games in 2013, he hit .208 with 7 HR, 41 RBI, 49 runs and a .993 fielding percentage (4 errors). He was beaten out for the Gold Glove by Brandon Phillips.
Los Angeles Dodgers
On July 28, 2014, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later, minor league pitcher Jonathan Martinez. Barney was optioned by the Dodgers to the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes and later recalled to the Dodgers on August 10. He made his first appearance as a pinch hitter on August 11 and started his first game at second base the following day. In 22 games with the Dodgers, he hit .303. He began 2015 with the Dodgers and appeared in two games, with four at-bat and no hits, before being optioned to the Dodgers new AAA affiliate, the Oklahoma City Dodgers. On June 12, 2015, he was designated for assignment and removed from the 40-man roster.
Toronto Blue Jays
On September 13, 2015, Barney was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Jack Murphy. The Blue Jays put him on the active roster after designating Scott Copeland for assignment. Barney appeared in 15 games for the Blue Jays in 2015, and batted .304 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI. As he was acquired after September 1, he was ineligible to go into the postseason with Toronto.
Barney grew up speaking English with his Japanese grandfather and Korean grandmother. He is of one-quarter Korean, one-quarter Japanese, and half Hawaiian descent. Barney and his wife Lindsay have a three-year-old daughter named Hayden.
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