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Ryan honored with Wilson defensive award

Ryan honored with Wilson defensive award

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Ryan honored with Wilson defensive award

SEATTLE -- Brendan Ryan continues to be recognized as one of the best glove men in baseball, as the Mariners shortstop was selected as Seattle's top defensive player Sunday in the first Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards show on the MLB Network.

Ryan hit just .194 last season, but he has drawn growing praise for his outstanding defense. Though he still has yet to win a Gold Glove, the 30-year-old earned his first Fielding Bible Award selection as the best shortstop in baseball last month.

Ryan led all shortstops in the Majors in "defensive runs saved" with 27, well ahead of the 19 of runner-up Andrelton Simmons of the Braves. He also had the top Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) of any shortstop at 14.7.

Angels center fielder Mike Trout was named the best defensive player in the American League in Sunday's show, while Braves center fielder Michael Bourn earned the National League honor. The Braves were selected as the best defensive team.

Winners of the Wilson awards were determined by the detailed statistical analysis of MLB Network's "shredder system" along with input from MLB Network analysts.

Ryan also could be in line to be one of the finalists for defensive player of the year in MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards -- the GIBBYs -- which will be given out next month.

This year's GIBBY Awards feature nominees in 21 categories. Individual honors will go to the MLB MVP, the year's best starting pitcher, hitter, closer, setup man, rookie, breakout hitter, breakout pitcher, comeback player, defensive player, manager, executive and postseason performer.

GIBBY trophies also will be awarded for the year's top play, storyline, hitting performance, pitching performance, oddity, walk-off, Cut4 topic and postseason moment, from MLB.com's Must C highlight reels.

Winners will be presented their GIBBY trophies at the MLB.com Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards extravaganza during the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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