While a 12-member panel votes on the winners, the Fielding Bible Award tends to emphasize defensive metrics. All 10 winners this year led their respective positions in Defensive Runs Saved. Voters include Bill James, John Dewan, Peter Gammons, Joe Posnanski, Brian Kenny, Mark Simon, Rob Neyer, Doug Glanville and Dave Cameron.
Kinsler finished second to Pedroia last year despite leading the Majors with 20 DRS. While Pedroia suffered an injury-plagued season, Kinsler easily led his position in metrics. His 19 DRS were six better than any other Major League second baseman this season, according to Fangraphs. Though his error total jumped from nine to 13, his 6.3 Ultimate Zone Rating was best in the American League and second only to Miami's Dee Gordon, who finished second in the voting.
Kinsler's 2.6 defensive Wins Above Replacement, according to the Baseball Reference formula, ranked him eighth among all Major League players regardless of position. He finished near-even with Cubs infielder Addison Russell, who split his rookie season between second base and shortstop.
Kinsler has put up 50 Defensive Runs Saved over the last three seasons, according to The Fielding Bible. The next-best total among Major League second basemen is 29 from Colorado's DJ LeMahieu.
Kinsler is one of three finalists for the American League Gold Glove Award at second base, as announced on Thursday. Brian Dozier of the Twins and Jose Altuve of the Astros are the others.. Major League coaches vote on the honors, to be revealed on Nov. 10.
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