Byron Buxton wins Wilson award for best defensive player in baseball
by myjah@KirbysLeftEye Nov 10, 2017, 8:19pm EST
Byron Buxton won his first Rawlings AL Center Fielder Gold Glove award last week, but it didn’t take him long to add more to his trophy cabinet. Today, Buxton won the 2017 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award. Yeah, as in “player” — all players — not just center fielders. So I guess this is better than an AL Center Field Gold Glove? I’ve just never really heard of the award before. It makes sense, though, that Wilson, the other baseball glove maker, wanted to get their say on who uses the glove the best.
Apparently, the award was created in 2012, and actually uses a mathematical formula instead of just eye balls to award a winner. That formula uses:
25% Defensive WAR 25% Defensive Runs Saved 20% Inside Edge fielding ratings 20% Inside Edge arm ratings 10% fielding percentage Obviously, Byron Buxton came out on top this year.
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