It's not the Gold Glove, but Darwin Barney has still earned a postseason accolade for his fielding prowess Thursday.
The 26-year-old infielder won the 2012 Fielding Bible Award for second basemen, beating out the 2011 winner, Dustin Pedroia.
A panel of 10 analysts -- including former Cub Doug Glanville, whose name is being floated around as a potential replacement for Bob Brenly in the TV booth -- voted on the best defensive players at each position much the same way writers vote for MVP winners with 10 points for first place, nine points for second place, etc.
Barney garnered 96 of a possible 100 points while Pedroia totaled 82. The Cubs second baseman saved 28 runs on defense in 2012, almost double that of Robinson Cano and Alexi Casilla (15), the runners-up.
The rest of the 2012 Fielding Bible Award winners are as follows:
1B: Mark Teixeira, NYY
3B: Adrian Beltre, TEX
SS: Brendan Ryan, SEA
LF: Alex Gordon, KC
CF: Mike Trout, LAA
RF: Jason Heyward, ATL
C: Yadier Molina, STL
P: Mark Buehrle, MIA
Bill James, Joe Posnanski and Peter Gammons are some of the notable names that make up the 10-person panel.
The Cubs headed to Cincinnati in style Thursday night for their final regular-season series of the season.
In what may or may not be the last themed trip of the year implemented by Joe Maddon, Cubs players sported NFL jerseys while they hit the road and some of them are unique.
Kris Bryant went old school with a retro Mike Ditka home jersey while David Ross and Pedro Strop rocked the Bo Jackson home and away Oakland Raiders jersey:
Five Cubs players wore Walter Payton jerseys to represent the Bears:
Here is the full team picture, courtesy of Ross' Twitter account:
Other notables: Jason Heyward in a Cam Newton jersey, Jon Lester in a Matt Ryan jersey and the Cubs rookies in cheerleader outfits. Priceless.
The White Sox open their final series of the season tonight, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with White Sox Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.
Tonight’s starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon (8-10, 4.08 ERA) vs. Tyler Duffey (9-11, 6.18 ERA)
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