Kevin Kiermaier snares Fort Wayne’s Favorite Baseball Player honor

Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier gets a hug in the dugout from a teamamte in 2016. The Bishop Luers product has become one of the top defensive players in Major League Baseball. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP)

As he’s done many times to home run hitters by making great catches at the wall, Kevin Kiermaier crushed the hopes of everyone else in the field. The Bishop Luers graduate received 50 percent of the votes cast to win News-Sentinel.com’s poll of Fort Wayne’s Favorite Baseball Players.

The Tampa Bay Rays center fielder easily out-distanced former New Haven High School star Dave Doster who played in the majors for the Philadelphia Phillies. Doster was the only other player among nine candidates to receive more than 10 percent of the vote at 11.9 percent.

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Kiermaier has become one of Major League Baseball’s best defensive outfielders, winning a gold glove in and a platinum glove as the best defensive player in the American League in 2015. He made his MLB debut with Tampa Bay in the wild-card playoff game in 2013. During his rookie season, he hit .263 with 10 home runs in 108 games and was gold glove finalist. His hit .263 again during his second season with 10 home runs.

He recently returned from an injured thumb on his left hand which cost him a month of this season. He’s currently hitting .150.

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