Molina Wins GIBBY For Defensive Player Of The Year
(KTVI)- Yadier Molina can add another defensive honor to his list. He’s been awarded a 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Award (GIBBY) as the Majors’ Defensive Player of the Year.
GIBBY Awards are presented annually by MLB.com and are chosen through votes by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at MLB.com, and the Society of American Baseball Research.
Molina was one of 15 finalists from both leagues for the top defensive honor.
This year Molina has also won a fifth straight Gold Glove, his second National League Platinum Glove Award, a Fielding Bible Award, and the Wilson Sporting Goods defensive award.
Molina has been named St. Louis’ Baseball Man of the Year. He finished fourth in the voting for the NL’s MVP Award.
This year’s GIBBY Awards featured nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors went to the MLB MVP, in addition to the year’s best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, manager, executive and postseason performer.
Cardinals’ general manager John Mozeliak and manager Mike Matheny were among GIBBY finalists this year.