Colorado Rockies: Arenado, LeMahieu named Fielding Bible winners
This week, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and second DJ LeMahieu were named winners of the “Fielding Bible Award” for their respective positions.
Earlier this week, Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu were both named winners of the “Fielding Bible Award” for each of their positions. The award is based on looking at players defensive metrics and measuring them against their opponents.
While the award is not as prestigious as the Gold Glove Award, it is of note that only one player from each position wins the award so it is a bit more difficult to achieve. The award has been awarded to players since 2006 and 10 journalists, who are usually ahead of the curve on statistical metrics.
For Arenado, it is the third time that he has won the award for third baseman and, for LeMahieu, he is a first time winner of the award.
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Other winners of the award this season
At catcher, Angels outfielder Martin Maldonado won the award for the first time. D’Backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt notched his third award (2013, 2015, and 2017) and, at shortstop, Maldonado’s teammate, Andrelton Simmons won the award for the fifth consecutive year. Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner notched his third award but it’s his first since 2011.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton won his first award and Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts won his second consecutive award. Rounding out the 2017 winners, at pitcher, Dallas Keuchel of the American League Champion Houston Astros won the award for the fourth straight year and at the “multi-position category”, a category that was created in 2014, went to Cubs infielder Javier Baez for the second straight season.
Past winners that have worn a Rockies uniform
Former Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has won the award three times in the past and all three were during his tenure with the Rockies (2007, 2010-2011). Also, current Rockies outfielder, Gerardo Parra, won the award for right fielders in 2013 when he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Arenado, LeMahieu, and Parra were all named finalists for the Gold Glove Award for their respective positions in the National League as we reported earlier this week.