Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) throws to first base during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Andrelton Simmons Wins Bible Award, Gold Glove Should Be Around The Corner

October 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) throws to first to turn a double play in the sixth inning as Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) slides into second in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday it was announced that Andrelton Simmons had received the 2013 Fielding Bible Award for the shortstop position.  This award is presented by a specific group of analysis who judge players based on who they believe is the top fielder at the given position.  The panel is made up of Bill James, Brian Kenny, Dave Cameron, Doug Glanville, Hal Richman, Mark Simon, Rob Neyer, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Tom Tango, Joe Posnanski and John Dewan.

These analysts look at the 2013 seasons of every defensive player in MLB and then use the same voting technique as the MLB MVP voting.  First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc.  A perfect score for this award would be 120 (12 analysts give their point system and then combined the totals).

THE 2013 FIELDING BIBLE AWARDS:

Position Winner Points
First Base Paul Goldschmidt 110
Second Base Dustin Pedroia 118
Third Base Manny Machado 120
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons 120
Left Field Alex Gordon 112
Center Field Carlos Gomez 119
Right Field Gerardo Parra 117
Catcher Yadier Molina 114
Pitcher R.A. Dickey 105

 

Tonight (Tuesday) they will unveil the Gold Glove Award winners during a one-hour, ESPN2 “Baseball Tonight” special at 8 p.m. Eastern.  All nine players from the list above were named Gold Glove finalists at their respective positions. With Simmons receiving the perfect score, we can only think that a Gold Glove presentation for the young shortstop is right around the corner.

If you’re wondering how Andrelton feels, check out his post on twitter…I think this smile represents something

 

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