Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, RF Jason Heyward win Gold Glove awards
CHICAGO – The catch that he made on Wednesday night at 11:47 PM central time put him into the history books. That catch from Kris Bryant in Game 7 of the World Series gave the Cubs their final putout for their first championship in 108 years.
But a number of better ones at first base have earned Anthony Rizzo another career first.
On Tuesday night Rawlings Sports named the Cubs’ first baseman as the National League winner of the Gold Glove at his position. Jason Heyward joined him in winning a Gold Glove award for his play in right field during the 2016 season-the fourth of his career.
Those are the first Gold Gloves for the team since Darwin Barney won it at second base in 2012.
By winning the award at the age of 27, Rizzo become the youngest first baseman in Cubs history to win the award. Others to get the honor at the position are Derrek Lee (2005, 2007) and Mark Grace (1992-1993, 1995-1996).
Meanwhile Heyward is the third outfielder to win the Gold Glove award for the Cubs along with Andre Dawson (1987, 1988) and Bob Dernier (1984).
Heyward and Rizzo were two of four Cubs nominated for a Gold Glove award along with pitcher Jake Arrieta & shortstop Addison Russell.
During the 2016 season Rizzo committed just six errors and had a .996 fielding percentage in 154 regular season games. Heyward continued his solid defense in his first year with the Cubs as he had 218 putouts and four outfield assists while making just two error, giving him a fielding percentage of .991.