The 2010 winners of the Fielding Bible Awards were announced today, along with the complete voting tallies. Unsurprisingly, no Pirates defenders took home an award. Scanning the lists of players receiving votes, very few Pirates were even considered.
Jose Tabata had the best showing among Pirates, finishing as the third best left fielder behind Brett Gardner and Carl Crawford. Lastings Milledge also received an honorable mention in left field, finishing 13th out of 23 players who received votes.
Andrew McCutchen was the only other Pirate to receive votes, finishing 20th out of 22 center fielders on the list.
All in all, it was a pretty poor showing by the Bucs. I expected McCutchen to finish a little higher, and I was also surprised that Ronny Cedeno did not receive a single vote. After making the list three of the past four seasons, Zach Duke was nowhere to be seen. Apparently, too many batted balls sailed past him into the outfield in 2010.
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.