2014 Fielding Bible Award winners announced

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The Fielding Bible Awards are back. And they have an interesting wrinkle this time around.

If you aren’t familiar with the Fielding Bible Awards, just think of them as an alternative to the traditional Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Voted on by a 12-person panel consisting of some familiar names, including Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Brian Kenny, Rob Neyer, and others, the award aims to identify who was the best defensive player at each position for each season.

The big change this year is the introduction of the multi-position award, which recognizes a brilliant defensive player who plays multiple positions. In order to qualify, a player must have played at least 600 innings across all positions and played no more than 70 percent of those innings at any one position. I think you are going to like their choice.

Here’s the full list of the 10 winners for 2014:

Multi-position –  Lorenzo Cain, Royals
C– Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
1B – Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers
2B – Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
SS – Andrelton Simmons, Braves
3B– Josh Donaldson, Athletics
LF – Alex Gordon, Royals
CF – Juan Lagares, Mets
RF – Jason Heyward, Braves
P – Dallas Keuchel, Astros

It’s hard to quibble with these choices. Six of the 10 are first-time Fielding Bible Award winners, including Cain, Gonzalez, Donaldson, Lagares, Lucroy, and Keuchel. Of course, what’s interesting about Cain is that he wasn’t even a finalist for a Gold Glove Award this year. Too bad.

You can see the full ballot here.

Zack Britton’s season over, TJ surgery comeback out of time

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NEW YORK — Zack Britton‘s season is over, his comeback from Tommy John surgery cut short after just three relief appearances for the New York Yankees.

New York put the 34-year-old left-hander on the 60-day injured list and selected the contract of right-hander Jacob Barnes from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Britton was removed after throwing a tiebreaking wild pitch in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore, an outing that lasted just nine pitches. The two-time All-Star had Tommy John surgery on Sept. 8, 2021, and made eight minor league injury rehabilitation appearances starting Aug. 24 and three big league appearances beginning Sept. 24. He threw 36 pitches to nine batters with a 13.50 ERA, six walks and one strikeout.

“Kind of running out of time here and having a little bit of fatigue last night, it’s like one of those things, you don’t want to power through that and reach for more and then do some damage as you’re coming back,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s in a good spot heading into the offseason.”

Britton had hoped to be able to help the Yankees in the postseason. He is eligible for free agency after the World Series.

“It’s just that final sharpness,” Boone said. “At this point in the season, just kind of up against it there. But he worked his tail off to put himself in this position and give himself an opportunity and certainly admire that.”

Barnes, 32, started the season with Detroit and was released on June 18 after going 3-1 with a 6.10 ERA in 22 relief appearances. He struck out 10 and walked nine in 20 2/3 innings.

Barnes signed a minor league contract with Seattle, made four relief appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, then was brought up by the Mariners and designated for assignment two days later without playing in a game. He refused an outright assignment, signed back with the Tigers and made five appearances at Triple-A Toledo. Released by the Mud Hens, he signed with Scranton on Aug. 30 and had a 2.25 ERA in 10 games for the RailRiders.

Boone said reliever Clay Holmes will not go on the IL after receiving a cortisone injection for inflammation in his right rotator cuff. If the Yankees had put Holmes on the IL, he would not be available for the Division Series.

After playing his first game since Sept. 4 and going 0 for 3, DJ LeMahieu said his injured right second toe felt fine. He is in a 2-for-41 slide.

“It felt good to play again,” LeMahieu said. “I felt like a baseball player.”

Matt Carpenter, sidelined since breaking his left toot on Aug. 8, ran on the field and will be among players reporting to training camp for Double-A Somerset, where there will be eight or nine pitchers. Boone anticipates Carpenter being available for the postseason as a pinch-hitter or designated hitter.

Right-hander Frankie Montas, sidelined since Sept. 16 by inflammation in his pitching shoulder, has resumed throwing.

“I don’t know about the Division Series,” Boone said, “more likely beyond.”