From Oregon State Athletics
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Darwin Barney became the second former Oregon State player to win a Gold Glove Award when it was announced Tuesday night that he was the recipient for the National League at second base.
Barney, who manned second base for the Chicago Cubs, joins Jacoby Ellsbury as former Beavers honored with the award, which is given each season to the best defensive player at his position as voted upon by Major League managers and coaches. Ellsbury won it while patrolling center field for the Boston Red Sox in 2011.
Barney had an outstanding defensive season for the Cubs, finishing with a .997 fielding percentage in 155 games at second base. He committed just two errors in 731 total chances.
A native of Beaverton who went to Southridge High School, he tied the MLB record for consecutive games in a single season without an error by a second baseman at 141. Barney was a mere three outs away from setting the record before committing a throwing error in a Sept. 28 game against Arizona.
Nevertheless, he set the National League record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman (over multiple seasons), surpassing the great Ryne Sandberg - and one of Barney's former managers in the Minor Leagues - who had gone 123 straight between the 1989 and 1990 seasons.
Barney's first error of the season was April 17 against Miami, 1,154 1/3 innings prior to his throwing error against the Diamondbacks.
He was tops amongst Gold Glove Award finalists - regardless of position - with 28 runs saved through the 2012 season.
It goes without saying he's Gold Glove material, Chicago manager Dale Sveum told MLB.com before the award was announced. I've been in the game 30 years, and I've never seen anyone play second base like [Barney] has. I was very fortunate to be around who I consider the best I'd ever seen at that position in Jimmy Gantner in Milwaukee. He was another guy who was under the radar because of his offense.
I think Barney is better than that, Sveum said. He puts everything into the package, going for popups down the right-field line, double plays, the range -- he has so many different things in his toolbox. It's not just a guy catching the ball, routine balls. He's been spectacular all season.
For fans who followed Barney during his three-year tenure at Oregon State - from 2005-07 - should certainly not be surprised about the honor. He was a two-time All-Pac-10 first team selection and in 2005, his freshman campaign, was named the league's defensive player of the year while manning the shortstop position.
Barney is still in Oregon State's top 10 in at bats (first, 765), hits (first, 238), runs (second, 152), doubles (fifth, 40), triples (seventh, 8), runs batted in (sixth, 136), walks (10th, 99) and total bases (seventh, 311).