DENVER -- After second-place finishes the past two seasons, the Rockies' Nolan Arenado has won his first Fielding Bible Award at third base, publisher ACTA Sports announced.
The Fielding Bible awards one player, regardless of league, at each position. Arenado has won the National League Rawlings Gold Glove Award each of the past two seasons and is a finalist for his third. But the past two years he finished second in the Fielding Bible Awards -- to the Orioles' Manny Machado in 2013 and the Athletics' Josh Donaldson last year.
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The Fielding Bible panel relied heavily on metrics that measure defensive effectiveness. As a result, each of the 10 winners -- the nine positions, plus one multi-position player -- was either the leader or tied for the lead in the Majors in Defensive Runs Saved at his position.
First-time winners in addition to Arenado are Giants catcher Buster Posey, Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and D-backs multi-position player Ender Inciarte.
Arenado becomes the second Rockies winner. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, now with the Blue Jays, won the award in 2007, '10 and '11.
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