Darwin Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012. Not so much in 2013. So what changed?
Whether Barney's defensive prowess was any different from one season to the next wasn't the biggest factor in him not repeating as a Gold Glover, the second baseman told CSN's Kelly Crull at the Cubs Convention on Saturday.
"You can't win a Gold Glove at this level with the offensive numbers that I had, plain and simple," Barney had. "I'm not closed-minded. I understand that this is the highest level in baseball, and you have to be a well-rounded player to win accolades at this level."
It's a frequent point of frustration with some fans that a defensive award depends on more than defensive skill, but Barney is among those who realize that is the reality.
Last season, Barney batted .208 with a .266 on-base percentage, down from his .254 average and .299 OBP the year before, when he took home a Gold Glove. Among the 17 MLBers who qualified at second base in 2013, Barney ranked last in on-base percentage and slugging percentage and second-to-last in batting average. His seven home runs were third fewest among that group.
Brandon Phillips took home the award for National League second baseman last season. He hit .261 with a .310 on-base percentage, 18 homers and 103 RBIs.
Catch more of Barney's comments looking ahead to next season in the video above.