Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the American League Defensive Player of the Year, while Michael Bourn earned the same honor in the National League, leading the Braves to be named Wilson's Defensive Team of the Year.
Each team had one player selected as its top defensive player for 2012 in a set of awards in its inaugural year. Unlike the Gold Glove Awards, which are voted on by Major League managers and coaches, these winners were determined by statistical metrics, using the same "shredder system" seen on the sabermetrics-heavy show "Clubhouse Confidential," along with input from MLB Network analysts.
Hardy led AL shortstops in games (158), fielding percentage (.992), putouts (244), assists (529), range factor per game (4.89), defensive wins above replacement (2.8) and total zone runs (21). He made just six errors in 779 chances at the position and his fielding percentage was the highest mark by an AL shortstop since Mike Bordick's .998 for the Orioles in 2002.
Additionally, Hardy's 529 assists were the most by an AL shortstop since Cal Ripken Jr. had 531 for the Orioles in 1989. Hardy is the fourth Baltimore shortstop to win a Gold Glove, joining Luis Aparicio (1964 and '66), Mark Belanger ('69, '71, '73-78) and Ripken ('91-92).
The GIBBY trophy for Defensive Player of the Year will be awarded as part of the 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, which are based on voting by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni and the Society for American Baseball Research, as well as fan balloting on MLB.com.
From Nov. 12 through Dec. 2, fans will be able to cast their ballots at MLB.com for the year's top defensive star, with no individual league affiliation.
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