Anthony Rizzo’s defense was underrated around the game before this season. Anyone that watches the Cubs on a daily basis knows how good he is at first base. And now he has all of the hardware to show for his play in the field.
Anthony Rizzo won his first Gold Glove Award on Tuesday and Friday night he added two more awards to his trophy case.
Anthony Rizzo won the Rawlings National League Platinum Glove Award. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) presented Rizzo with the Platinum Glove Award on Friday night during the Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony.
Rizzo is the first Cubs’ player to win a Rawlings Platinum Glove Award.
Francisco Lindor won the Rawlings American League Platinum Glove Award.
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The Platinum Glove Award honors the best of the best defensive players of the year.
Anthony Rizzo became just the third Cubs’ first baseman to win a Gold Glove Award, joining Mark Grace (1992, 1993, 1995, 1996) and Derrek Lee (2005 and 2007). And now he is the first Cubs’ player with a Platinum Glove Award.
The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards were announced Friday on the MLB Network. Rizzo was named the best defensive first baseman in baseball.
2016 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards
- First Base – Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)
- Second Base – Dustin Pedroia (Red Sox)
- Third Base – Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
- Shortstop – Brandon Crawford (Giants)
- Center Field – Kevin Kiermaier (Rays)
- Left Field – Brett Gardner (Yankees)
- Right Field – Mookie Betts (Red Sox)
- Pitcher – Zack Greinke (Diamondbacks)
- Catcher – Buster Posey (Giants)
- Defensive Team of the Year – San Francisco Giants
- Best Defensive Player of the Year – Mookie Betts
Anthony Rizzo was charged with six errors in 154 games. Rizzo finished the regular season with 11 defensive runs saved and a 5.7 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating).
For his play in the field this season, Anthony Rizzo won a Fielding Bible Award, a Gold Glove, a Platinum Glove and a Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.