For those of you that don't know what The Fielding Bible is, a little background:â†µ
A panel of ten analysts, listed below-including John Dewan, Peter Gammons and Bill James-examined the 2010 seasons of every defensive player in Major League Baseball and then used the same voting technique as the Major League Baseball MVP voting. First place votes received 10 points, second place 9 points, third place 8 points, etc. A perfect score was 100. A complete record of their votes can be found in The Bill James Handbook 2011.â†µ
Essentially, it has the prestige of all internet awards, except it's voted on by people who you've probably heard of. Sound cool enough? Good, because Michael Bourn has taken home the hardware in center field for the first time in his career.â†µ
Center Field - Michael Bourn, Houstonâ†µ
The 'Stros are lucky to have Bourn patrolling their center field. He saved his team 16 runs, despite missing 20-25 games due to injury.
Unfortunately, Bourn still hits for power like he has a swimming pool noodle in his hands, but it looks like he may actually have been a decent return for a year of Brad Lidge. Now it's up to the Astros to build an offense around him that can complement his skills.â†µ
Yeah, I'm not holding my breath on that one just yet either.â†µ