In another set of defensive awards, O's Jones left out

In another set of defensive awards, O's Jones left out
November 6, 2012, 10:45 pm
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Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) catches a fly ball in the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Baltimore Orioles defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0.

(Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE)

Another set of defensive awards came out this week. The Wilson awards, unlike the Gold Gloves, are based on sabermetrics. Gold Gloves are voted on by major-league managers and coaches. Also unlike the Gold Gloves, which go to the top player at each position in each league, the Wilsons designate a Defensive Player of the Year in each league and the top player on each team.

From an Orioles perspective, it’s notable not only that shortstop J.J. Hardy was the team’s top defensive player, but also who was picked as the American League’s Defensive Player of the Year — Angels center fielder Mike Trout.

In the Gold Gloves, Trout couldn’t beat out the Orioles’ Adam Jones.

Fielding remains a subjective matter, even with more sophisticated metrics to measure it. Who’s the better center fielder, Jones or Trout? Not to answer a question with a question, but can you really go wrong with either?

You definitely have to give Jones the edge, however, in blowing bubbles while making plays in the outfield.

Though Hardy was picked over Jones for the Orioles’ Wilson prize, center fielders represented the largest number of Wilson Defensive Players of the Year, eight. Shortstops numbered five.