Anthony Rizzo, Jason Heyward win Rawlings Gold Gloves … First time in 11 years Cubs have multiple Gold Glove winners
This marks the first Rawlings Gold Glove Award for a Cub since second baseman Darwin Barney won the award in 2012. The Cubs have multiple award winners for the first time since 2005, when pitcher Greg Maddux and first baseman Derrek Lee were honored. The Cubs have two position players honored in the same year for the first time since 1988 when second baseman Ryne Sandberg and outfielder Andre Dawson earned the award.
Jason Heyward has won his fourth-career Rawlings Gold Glove Award, his third in a row and his first with the Cubs. He previously won in 2012 and 2014 with the Atlanta Braves and in 2015 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Heyward is the third outfielder in franchise history to earn the award, joining two-time winner Andre Dawson (1987 and 1988) and Bob Dernier in 1984. Heyward is the youngest outfielder to earn the award in franchise history.
Anthony Rizzo has won the first Rawlings Gold Glove Award of his career. He is only the third first baseman in franchise history to earn this award, joining four-time winner Mark Grace (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996) and two-time winner Derrek Lee (2005 and 2007). He is also the youngest first baseman to win the award in franchise history.
Fans can now vote for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) winner in each League on Rawlings.com. Fans can only select one player among the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners to take home the “best of the best” honor, to be unveiled at the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.
Brandon Crawford beat Addison Russell for the Gold Glove Award at shortstop. Russell was statistically better than Crawford. According to Henry Schulman, Crawford won the coach/manager vote over Russell which ended up being the difference.
Zack Greinke won the Gold Glove over Jake Arrieta and Adam Wainwright.
Anthony Rizzo was charged with six errors in 154 games and finished the season with 11 defensive runs saved and a 5.7 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating).
ESPN ranked Anthony Rizzo’s catch as the ninth best web gem of the year.
Jason Heyward was charged with two errors and had 18 defensive runs saved with a 20.4 UZR.
The Cubs, Giants and Rangers were the only three teams to have multiple Gold Glove winners this year.
2016 Rawlings Gold Gloves
- Catcher – Buster Posey (Giants)
- First Base – Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
- Second Base – Joe Panik (Giants)
- Third Base – Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
- Shortstop – Brandon Crawford (Giants)
- Left Field – Starling Marte (Pirates)
- Center Field – Ender Inciarte (Braves)
- Right Field – Jason Heyward (Cubs)
- Pitcher – Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks)
- Catcher – Salvador Perez (Royals)
- First Base – Mitch Moreland (Rangers)
- Second Base – Ian Kinsler (Tigers)
- Third Base – Adrian Beltre (Rangers)
- Shortstop – Francisco Lindor (Indians)
- Left Field – Brett Gardner (Yankees)
- Center Field – Kevin Kiermaier (Rays)
- Right Field – Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
- Pitcher – Dallas Keuchel (Astros)
About the Rawlings Gold Glove Award
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Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez won Fielding Bible Awards for their excellent season in the field.