Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo won his first Gold Glove award on Tuesday, while right fielder Jason Heyward earned his fourth. The two were among four Cubs finalists for the annual Rawlings awards, voted upon by managers and coaches with a statistical component from SABR counting for one-fourth.
The two were among four Cubs finalists for the annual Rawlings awards, voted upon by managers and coaches with a statistical component from SABR counting for one-fourth of the vote.
Rizzo, 27, became the youngest Cub to win the award in franchise history, and the first first baseman since Derrek Lee in 2005.
In an interview on the awards show on ESPN, Rizzo said he learned how to field in his house when his dad would hit golf balls at him at a rapid pace.
“There were definitely some things broken,” Rizzo said. “The way to get my mom not to be mad at it was I’d have to catch ’em.”
Heyward, in his first year with the Cubs, was a disappointment offensively but stellar in right, making only two errors. Heyward played the best right at Wrigley Field since Andre Dawson before his knees went bad.
In the other positions where Cubs players were finalists, shortstop Addison Russell lost out to the Giants’ Brandon Crawford, and pitcher Jake Arrieta lost to the Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke. In the American League, White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton finished behind the Red Sox‘s Mookie Betts.
The Cubs’ offseason already is going strong in the awards phase. President Theo Epstein was named Sporting News Executive of the Year by his peers, while Kris Bryant is a finalist for NL MVP, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks are vying for the NL Cy Young award and Joe Maddon is up for NL Manager of the Year, an award he won in 2015.