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Barney notches 2012 Fielding Bible Award

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Barney notches 2012 Fielding Bible Award

It's not the Gold Glove, but Darwin Barney has still earned a postseason accolade for his fielding prowess Thursday.

The 26-year-old infielder won the 2012 Fielding Bible Award for second basemen, beating out the 2011 winner, Dustin Pedroia.

A panel of 10 analysts -- including former Cub Doug Glanville, whose name is being floated around as a potential replacement for Bob Brenly in the TV booth -- voted on the best defensive players at each position much the same way writers vote for MVP winners with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, etc.

Barney garnered 96 of a possible 100 points while Pedroia totaled 82. The Cubs second baseman saved 28 runs on defense in 2012, almost double that of Robinson Cano and Alexi Casilla (15), the runners-up.

The rest of the 2012 Fielding Bible Award winners are as follows:

1B: Mark Teixeira, NYY
3B: Adrian Beltre, TEX
SS: Brendan Ryan, SEA
LF: Alex Gordon, KC
CF: Mike Trout, LAA
RF: Jason Heyward, ATL
C: Yadier Molina, STL
P: Mark Buehrle, MIA

Bill James, Joe Posnanski and Peter Gammons are some of the notable names that make up the 10-person panel.

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

You can't script this: Eloy Jimenez smacks game-winning homer in first game at Wrigley Field

Had this been the scripted outcome, it would've sounded a little too cheesy.

But in reality, it was a moment that got White Sox fandom as excited as the dude rounding the bases.

Eloy Jimenez, playing in his first game at Wrigley Field nearly two years after the Cubs traded him to the White Sox, smacked a game-winning homer off Pedro Strop in the ninth inning, breaking a 1-all tie and giving the South Siders a 3-1 victory in the first Crosstown game of the 2019 season.

Jimenez had been asked countless times about what it would be like to play in the park he long assumed would be the one where he played his big league games. And he expressed excitement, though committed to saying it would be like any other game.

It wasn't.

Jimenez had a disappointing outcome in his first at-bat of the evening, ending a bases-loaded, one-out situation in the first inning with a double play. He singled and walked in later plate appearances, but nothing was anywhere near as dramatic as his trip to the plate in the ninth. He hit Strop's pitch so hard it sounded like he broke his bat. The ball still ended up in the left-field bleachers.

One ninth-inning blast in June 2019 won't rip the rebuilding White Sox contention window open immediately, but what an image of rebuilding progress it was, with Jimenez, the middle-of-the-order centerpiece for the next decade, blasting a game-winner against the Crosstown-rival Cubs.

Jimenez's permanent smile was indeed present as he rounded the bases, made even bigger by his Tuesday night heroics. The White Sox are hoping they were the first of many.

 

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

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Baseball Night in Chicago Podcast: It's that time again: Ricky's Boys vs The North Siders

Ozzie Guillén and David DeJesus join Leila Rahimi on a special Crosstown edition of Baseball Night in Chicago.

Listen to the full episode here or via the embedded player below: