Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney and first baseman Anthony Rizzo are finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove award, announced Friday.
Barney is one of three National League finalists along with Cincinnati Reds’ second baseman and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mark Ellis. Last year Barney beat out Phillips for the award, who was looking to earn his third straight Gold Glove and fourth overall (2008, ’10 and ’11). Barney led the NL in field percentage with a .993 average, committed four errors, had 363 assists and turned 72 double plays in 141 games.
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At first base, Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez and Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschimidt are the other finalists. Gonzalez won the Gold Glove in 2008 and 2009.
Rizzo tied Goldschimidt with a .997 fielding percentage and he committed only five errors in 159 games this season.
Managers and coaches vote on the award, but the SABR Defensive Index accounts for 25 percent of the balloting. The winners will be announced on Tuesday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN 2 “Baseball Tonight” show.