NEW YORK -- David Wright's renaissance defensive season may not have earned him a third career Gold Glove Award, but it did score him some award-season recognition.
Wright was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for the Mets, in the award's inaugural season. The sporting goods company Wilson awarded one standout defensive player from each of Major League Baseball's 30 teams, as well as one overall individual winner from each league and one team winner.
Atlanta's Michael Bourn won the National League's individual award, while the Braves took home the team hardware.
By most metrics, Wright submitted the best defensive season of his career this year, better even than his Gold Glove Award-winning campaigns in 2007 and '08. But he lost out on the Rawlings Gold Glove Award to Chase Headley of the Padres.
Even so, more defensive recognition may still be on tap.
As part of the 2012 Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards, the GIBBY trophy for Defensive Player of the Year will be awarded, based on fan voting at MLB.com, media, front-office personnel, MLB alumni and the Society for American Baseball Research.
From Monday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Dec. 2, fans will be able to cast their ballots at MLB.com for the year's top defensive star, with no individual league affiliation.