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2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award winners announced

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On Tuesday, the winners of the 2019 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were announced on MLB Network. Gold Gloves were handed out on Sunday, but Wilson has their own line of defensive awards. The differences between the two are that the Wilson awards are not as widely hailed and there’s only one winner at each position as opposed to the one from each league (two total) for the Gold Glove. The winners are determined by a formula that takes into account scouting information, basic fielding stats, and more advanced (Sabermetric) stats.

Your winners:

First base: Freddie Freeman, Braves

Second base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals

Shortstop: Andrelton Simmons, Angels

Third base: Matt Chapman, Athletics

Left field: David Peralta, Diamondbacks

Center field: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers

Right field: Aaron Judge, Yankees

Catcher: Roberto Pérez, Indians

Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Astros

These awards and the Gold Gloves disagreed on Freeman, Simmons, and Judge as each did not win Gold Glove Awards but won hardware tonight.

The Astros were named the best overall defensive team. Given that defensive stats, even Sabermetric ones, are notoriously unreliable in one-year samples, it’s difficult to definitively argue for one team over another. That being said, the Athletics and Diamondbacks seemed like better candidates for the award from this writer’s point of view.

Pérez was named the overall defensive player of the year. Baseball Reference credited him with being 18 runs above average defensively, contributing heavily to his 3.9 WAR. He threw out runners at an American League-high 41 percent clip (29-for-49).

In case you haven’t had your fill of defensive awards yet, the Platinum Gloves will be announced on Friday night. You can help vote on them here.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).