Below we show the final point tally for The Fielding Bible Awards in the 2023 season. We asked a panel of experts to complete a 10-man ballot ranking players from 1 to 10 based on their defensive abilities. We show the ranks in the tables below. We then awarded 10 points for a first place vote, 9 for second, etc., down to 1 point for 10th place. We cover all nine positions, looking at only their fielding work for the 2023 season. Position players are eligible if they played at least 600 innings while catchers require a minimum of 500 innings. Either can qualify with 10 Runs Saved, as well. Pitchers require a minimum of 120 innings pitched or 5 Runs Saved.
In 2014, we introduced a Multi-Position Award for fielders who are excellent defensive players but do not call any one position their home. Eligible players include those who exhibit a high degree of positional versatility and value; players who usually play many positions over the course of the season, might move from position to position within a game, and have demonstrated the ability to handle high leverage positions when the team needs him to.
In 2023, we added an award for Defensive Player of the Year. All players eligible for a Fielding Bible Award can be voted on for this award. All voters ranked players from 1 to 3, with 5 points for a first place vote, 3 for a second place vote, and 1 for a third place vote.
Voters were Alyson Footer (MLB.com), Bill James, Bill Ladson (MLB.com), Bobby Scales (SIS), Chris Dial, Dani Wexelman (MLB Network Radio), Daniel Alvarez-Montes (El Extra Base), Eduardo Perez (ESPN), Hal Richman (Strat-O-Matic), Joe Sheehan, John Dewan, Mark Simon (SIS), Peter Gammons, Travis Sawchik (The Score), Tyler Kepner (The Athletic), and the Sports Info Solutions Video Scouts.