Cubs secure a pair of Gold Glove Awards
The Cubs are taking home a pair of Gold Glove Awards after Rawlings and Major League Baseball revealed the winners of the prestigious fielding accolade Tuesday night.
Half of the team’s infield secured some hardware as Anthony Rizzo and Javy Báez each notched a 2020 Gold Glove.
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Rizzo took home his 3rd straight award (and 4th overall) by beating out San Francisco’s Brandon Belt and St. Louis’ Paul Goldschmidt. Rizzo had the highest Ultimate Zone Rating in baseball among first basemen.
Báez secured his 1st ever Gold Glove, topping Miami’s Miguel Rojas and Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson. Báez was credited with 7 Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) in the shortened season, second only to Swanson (10 DRS) in the NL.
The Cubs also had finalists at four other positions on the diamond.
Jason Heyward — vying for his 6th career Gold Glove — finished behind Dodgers star Mookie Betts, who won the award in his first season in the NL.
Rookie Nico Hoerner was up for the accolade at second base, which went to St. Louis’ Kolten Wong.
Willson Contreras has always had a rocket arm behind the plate and is solid at blocking balls in the dirt, but he took a big step forward in pitch framing in 2020 and that helped ensure his spot as a finalist for the NL Gold Glove Award at catcher. Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart ultimately took home the award, his second.
The Cubs had two of the three finalists among NL pitchers, but Atlanta’s Max Fried beat out Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills for the honor.
FanGraphs ranked the Cubs 3rd as a team in their overall defense metric.