HOUSTON -- Astros center fielder Michael Bourn, who won his first Rawlings Gold Glove last year, has been named the best defensive center fielder in Major League Baseball, according to the 2010 Fielding Bible Awards released Monday.
A panel of 10 analysts, including MLB.com's Peter Gammons and stats guru Bill James, voted on the best defensive player at each position using a system in which the best player is given 10 points, the second best nine points and so forth. Each of the panel members voted on 10 players from each position.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won his fourth consecutive Fielding Bible Award with a perfect score of 100, the first in the five-year history of the awards. Joining Molina as repeat winners were Mariners right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle and Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
Bourn was among a group of first-time winners that included A's first baseman Daric Barton, Phillies second baseman Chase Utley, Rays third base Evan Longoria and Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner.
Bourn tallied 91 of a possible 100 points in voting and, according to the Fielding Bible, saved his team 16 runs despite missing the final two weeks of the season with an oblique strain. Bourn is among the favorites to win his second National League Gold Glove Award, which will be announced Nov. 10.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.