Celebrate the 2015 Wilson Defensive Players of the Year with some of their finest GIFs
There was a time when a Gold Glove was reward enough to honor the best defenders in MLB. But no longer --glovesmen reached such dizzying heights that luxury mitts are no longer enough. We needed an answer to our prayers. We needed another award, one that isn't divided by league.
Enter the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards: One winner at each position across both leagues, determined using a formula combining traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics. The winners were announced on Wednesday night, so please enjoy these GIFs of some of their finest work.
Overall Defensive Player of the Year: Andrelton Simmons
This is Simmons' third Defensive Player of the Year win in a row, because it's harder to be a better defender than an actual wizard:
Even Bryce Harper is no match:
Defensive Team of the Year: Arizona Diamondbacks
In addition to Gold Glove Award winner Paul Goldschmidt (we'll get to him in a second), the D-backs also had A.J. Pollock patrolling center field and doing stuff like this:
C: Buster Posey
Buster Posey's work behind the dish was so slick, we need to give it to you from every conceivable angle:
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
We told you we'd get to Goldschmidt. When he wasn't launching dingers, he was manning first base like he was making his morning coffee:
2B: Dee Gordon
It's only fitting that Gordon received both the Gold Glove and the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for his work at second base, because really, he's an entire infield unto himself:
SS: Andrelton Simmons
See the magic above.
3B: Nolan Arenado
At this rate, we're going to need to start requiring that Arenado play third base from foul territory, just to make things fair:
LF: Starling Marte
It is always Starling Marte's partay, and he'll rob your potential base hit if he wants to:
CF: Kevin Pillar
We're assuming that this award is just a precursor to Pillar being given the Noble Prize for his work in the field of altering the laws of physics:
RF: Jason Heyward
You may have thought that robbing a home run was a difficult endeavor, but Jason Heyward would like you to know that that's only because you aren't on his level: