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Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney tonight was awarded the 2012 National League Rawlings Gold Glove for defensive excellence at his position, the first Gold Glove of his career and the first by a Cubs second baseman in 21 years.
Barney is the first Cubs player to win a Rawlings Gold Glove since first baseman Derrek Lee in 2007 and the first Cubs second baseman to win the award since Ryne Sandberg capped a nine-year run in 1991. Barney is only the fourth second baseman in franchise history to win the award, joining Sandberg (1983-91), Glenn Beckert (1968) and Ken Hubbs (1962).
In just his second full season in the big leagues, Barney led all major league second basemen with a .997 fielding percentage this season, committing only two errors in 731 total chances covering 1,270.1 innings. He played more games at second base (155) and had more total chances per nine innings (5.18) than anyone else in the majors. Additionally, his +3.6 defensive win above replacement rating le...
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I don't really know why, but whenever I think about Darwin Barney I want to pronounce his name with a Boston accent. I guess it makes it more fun to think about Dahwin Bahney rather than what Barney is actually capable of producing. He returns for his 2nd full season though he's probably not the [...]
The Cubs hired Derek Johnson as their minor league pitching coordinator. Apparently this is a bit of a coup, but it might as well have been Bugs Bunny for all I know about minor league pitching coaches. But I'm supposed to pretend that I'm some sort of authority on these subjects, so here's what I uncovered on the man, the myth, the legend.
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The Chicago Cubs today named Anthony Iapoce special assistant to the General Manager/Player Development.
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Arizona State has broken off negotiations with the Chicago Cubs and city of Mesa on playing its baseball games at the Cubs' new spring training facility being built in Mesa.
ASU released a statement saying the Cubs had demanded changes to a preliminary agreement that rendered a deal "impossible."
"The changes the Cubs demanded show that they do not value the...
First off, Darwin Barney is a "finalist" for a Gold Glove at second base...as if they dont' already know the winner. But they've decided to drum up interest by naming the top 3 or 4 at each position and then announcing the winner in a televised event on ESPN2 tomorrow. Holy overkill Batman!
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Arizona State University officials say they've broken off talks with the Chicago Cubs over shared use of a new baseball stadium in Mesa.
Mesa Mayor Scott Smith told The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/Rxxtgr) in a story Thursday that he will no longer try to broker an agreement unless the sides show some willingness to come together.
The proposed agreement had been in the works...
The Cubs have hired Vanderbilt assistant Derek Johnson as their minor league pitching coordinator.
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