Brendan Ryan Tabbed Frontrunner for Fielding Bible Award
The following is an excerpt from John Dewan’s Stat of the Week, which examines the leading contenders for the 2012 Fielding Bible Awards.
Shortstops: It is hard to believe that Brendan Ryan has never won either a Fielding Bible Award or a Gold Glove. Ryan has at least 18 Defensive Runs Saved in each of the last three seasons, and he has already flown by those previous totals with 29 this season. That’s 12 more than J.J. Hardy, the closest shortstop behind him. In addition to covering ground, Ryan has converted an impressive 77 percent of his opportunities for double plays, which is a career high. Ryan leads all players in Runs Saved and could break through for his first Fielding Bible Award. It is less clear how he will fare against some of the bigger names at short for the American League Gold Glove, like J.J. Hardy and recent winner Erick Aybar. Over in the National League, Andrelton Simmons will win his share of defensive awards during his career. He did not get enough playing time to be on the Fielding Bible Award ballot this year, but he may have done enough to snag his first NL Gold Glove.
|Fielding Bible Award||Brendan Ryan (29)||Alexei Ramirez (14)|
|Yunel Escobar (16)|
|AL Gold Glove||Brendan Ryan (29)||Erick Aybar (3)|
|J. J. Hardy (17)|
|NL Gold Glove||Andrelton Simmons (17)||Clint Barmes (14)|
|Jimmy Rollins (-7)|