The Fielding Bible Awards highlight the best defensive players across both leagues in Major League Baseball. They’re voted on by a panel of experts, and the results of the voting are made public.
This year’s awards were the most decisive ever with three unanimous decisions at. The winners headlined Tampa Bay centerfield prodigy Kevin Kiermaier who established a new record for defensive runs saved in a season at 42. Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward were other unanimous selections.
Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso finished fifth. Once thought of as a defensive liability, Alonso garnered strong support from Bill James, the Baseball Info Solutions video scouts, and Hal Richman among others. Left fielder Justin Upton received high votes from the BIS video scouts, writer Joe Posnanski, and defensive data analyst John Dewan, among others. Derek Norris and Odrisamer Despaigne also received votes.