Monday, October 29, 2012
Barney named Gold Glove finalist at 2B
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Darwin Barney will find out Tuesday if matching the record for errorless games in a single season will earn him some gold.
Barney was named Monday as one of three finalists at second base for a National League Gold Glove Award. The official announcement will be made Tuesday night in a live awards show airing on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT.
The other Gold Glove finalists at second base are the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips and the Arizona Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill. Phillips has won the award in each of the past two seasons and three times in the past four years. Neither Barney nor Hill has won the award.
Barney went 141 consecutive errorless games at second base this past season, setting a National League record and tying the major league mark set by the Detroit Tigers' Placido Polanco in 2007. Barney's streak ended when he made a throwing error in the eighth inning of a Sept. 28 game at Arizona.
Barney has already won a Fielding Bible Award for his defense prowess this past season. That honor was voted on by a group of 10 baseball experts that included writers, broadcasters and former players. Only one Fielding Bible Award is given at each position regardless of league.
No other Cubs players were named as a Gold Glove finalist. Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano did not make his first error of the season until a Sept. 6 game at Washington. It was his only miscue of the season.
The Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun, the Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez and the Atlanta Braves' Martin Prado were named finalists in left field over Soriano.