Molina earns coveted GIBBY for Top Defensive Player Award

2:19 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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(KSDK Sports) -- Another top baseball award for Yadier Molina. Today at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee, held their annual Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, aka, the GIBBY's.

Today, Molina was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

The selections were based on voting by media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni, fans at and the Society for American Baseball Research.

Among the other winners listed by
Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was named MVP.  The Mets' R.A. Dickey claimed the Starting Pitcher of the Year honor, outdueling BBWAA AL Cy Young Award winner David Price of the Rays. The Closer of the Year is the Rays' Fernando Rodney. Sergio Romo, who finished the season as the Giants' closer, was the choice as Setup Man of the Year after spending most of the season in that role.

Posey, rebounding brilliantly from a broken ankle in 2011, is the Comeback Player of the Year. His AL West rival, Chase Headley, is Breakout Hitter of the Year after driving in 115 runs for the Padres.

Pablo Sandoval, Posey's colorful teammate, powered his way to Postseason MVP, highlighted by his three-homer performance in Game 1 of the World Series against the Tigers in San Francisco.

The Orioles' Buck Showalter was selected Manager of the Year. Billy Beane is the Executive of the Year for a series of shrewd moves in lifting the Athletics to a stunning AL West title at the expense of the two-time defending league champion Rangers.


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