Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jay Bruce named Reds defensive player of the year by Wilson

On Thursday, Major League Baseball handed out its 2013 Wilson's Defensive Player of the Year Awards.

As fate would have it, Jay Bruce was selected as the Reds representative for the annual complement to the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards.

What exactly does it mean to be a Defensive Player of the Year? From SB Nation:

The Defensive Player of the Year awards are divvied up a little differently than Rawlings' Gold Gloves. Instead of coming down to the best defender at each position in both leagues, Wilson hands out its award to one player on every team. As such, there's a whole lot of up-the-middle guys among the winners, not so many first basemen (read: none).

So, there you have it. It was somewhat of a surprise to see Bruce get the award over Brandon Phillips, who was the only Gold Glove winner among Reds players, but Bruce is definitely deserving after yet another fine defensive season.

For the record, the Arizona Diamondbacks were tabbed as the Best Defensive Team in the National League, while Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra won the league's top individual honor.

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