Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award

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The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award is awarded annually to the best defensive player at each fielding position in Major League Baseball. One overall Defensive Player of the Year is also selected each year. Unlike the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by major league managers and coaches, the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners are determined by statistics using sabermetrics. In 2012, the baseball glove manufacturer Wilson created the Defensive Player of the Year Award to honor the best defensive player on each team in Major League Baseball. One award winner was selected from each league as that league's overall Defensive Player of the Year. Starting in 2014, the awards are given to the best defensive player at each position, regardless of league, and the overall award is given to only one player, regardless of league. Also in 2014, a new award was created for the best Defensive Team of the Year, regardless of league.[1]

Key[edit]

Year Links to the corresponding Major League Baseball season
1B First baseman
2B Second baseman
3B Third baseman
SS Shortstop
LF Left fielder
CF Center fielder
RF Right fielder
C Catcher
P Pitcher

Winners[edit]

During the first two years, the award was given to the best defensive player on each team in Major League Baseball. Starting in 2014, the award is given to the best fielder at each position in all of Major League Baseball.

Major Leagues combined (2014–present)[edit]

Year 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF C P
2014 Adrian Gonzalez Ian Kinsler Juan Uribe Andrelton Simmons Alex Gordon Lorenzo Cain Jason Heyward Russell Martin Johnny Cueto
2015 Paul Goldschmidt Dee Gordon Nolan Arenado Andrelton Simmons Starling Marte Kevin Pillar Jason Heyward Buster Posey Jacob deGrom
2016 Anthony Rizzo Dustin Pedroia Nolan Arenado Brandon Crawford Brett Gardner Kevin Kiermaier Mookie Betts Buster Posey Zack Greinke
2017 Carlos Santana DJ LeMahieu Nolan Arenado Andrelton Simmons Alex Gordon Byron Buxton Yasiel Puig Martin Maldonado Tyler Chatwood

Overall Defensive Player of the Year[edit]

Starting in 2014, the award is given to only one player in all of Major League Baseball.

Year League Player Team Position
2012
(AL)
American Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF
2012
(NL)
National Michael Bourn Atlanta Braves OF
2013
(AL)
American Dustin Pedroia Boston Red Sox 2B
2013
(NL)
National Gerardo Parra Arizona Diamondbacks OF
2014 National Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves RF
2015 National Andrelton Simmons Atlanta Braves SS
2016 American Mookie Betts[2] Boston Red Sox RF
2017 American Byron Buxton Minnesota Twins CF

Defensive Team of the Year[edit]

Year Team
2014 Cincinnati Reds
2015 Arizona Diamondbacks
2016 San Francisco Giants
2017 Los Angeles Dodgers

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wilson Defensive Player of The Year Award". Baseball Almanac. 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Miller, Doug (November 11, 2016). "Best Betts: Sox OF, Giants earn top defender honors: Boston star named Defensive Player of the Year; Giants win club honor". MLB.com. Retrieved November 11, 2016.