Tulo scoops up another Fielding Bible Award

Tulo scoops up another Fielding Bible Award

Tulo scoops up another Fielding Bible Award
Troy Tulowitzki's reputation as one of the premier defensive shortstops in the Major Leagues continued to grow Monday as the Rockies' All-Star won his second straight Fielding Bible Award.

Tulowitzki, 27, has now won the prestigious defensive award three times in his five years in the Majors, having also earned the honor in 2007 as a rookie.

Additionally, Tulowitzki is the lone Rockies player among the National League nominees for Rawlings Gold Glove awards, which will be given out Tuesday night on ESPN2.

The new Gold Glove format has three nominees at each position in each league. Tulowitzki is competing with Ronny Cedeno of the Pirates and Alex Gonzalez of the Braves for the NL shortstop award.

Tulowitzki won an NL Gold Glove in 2010.

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who also won a Gold Glove in 2010, was not among the three nominees in any of the left, center or right field positions in the new format. Previously, Gold Gloves weren't given by specific outfield position.

Gonzalez started 60 games in left field, 28 in center and 34 in right field this year and said in a statement that he wasn't sure if that affected his not being nominated in any of the spots.

"I'm very happy and satisfied for my defensive work this year," Gonzalez said. "I'm quite happy with my [NL-best 12] assists, which helped the team. My chances for a Gold Glove nomination could have been probably diminished by playing several positions.

"However, I'm willing to do whatever the manager and my team needs. For me, my team comes first, and it is more important than an individual award. ... I'm looking forward to next year, playing right field permanently so my chances could improve and I can win another Gold Glove."

The Fielding Bible award is tougher to win than a Gold Glove, given that only one is awarded at each position in the Major Leagues, with a panel of 10 baseball experts making the choice using advanced defensive statistics.

Regarding the selection of Tulowitzki, Fielding Bible co-author John Dewan noted: "Tulo is especially adept at making plays to his right. The Plus/Minus System credits him with 45 more plays in the shortstop hole compared to an average MLB shortstop over his five seasons. Tulowitzki also excels in another area. He had 67 Good Fielding Plays in 2011 compared to only 29 Defensive Misplays or Errors. That +38 figure was tops in baseball. (Alcides Escobar was second at shortstop with +30.)"

The other Fielding Bible winners were: White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner, Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson and D-backs right fielder Justin Upton.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.