On Tuesday, Heyward won his fifth National League Gold Glove Award, given to the best defensive right fielder in baseball. Heyward, who had won the award in each of the past three seasons, joined an exclusive club thanks to his triumph, becoming the second Cubs outfielder to ever win the award more than once, joining Andre Dawson.
Heyward, who beat out Yasiel Puig and Giancarlo Stanton for the prize, became the first Cubs player to win back-to-back Gold Gloves since Greg Maddux won it three years in a row between 2004 and 2006. He’s also the first Cubs position player to win back-to-back prizes since Mark Grace did it in 1995 and 1996.
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Unfortunately for Heyward, he was the only Cubs player to take home the hardware on Tuesday. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, who won the Gold Glove and Platinum Glove last season, was defeated by Arizona Diamondbacks star Paul Goldschmidt for the award this time around, and second baseman Ben Zobrist lost to Colorado Rockies infielder D.J. LeMahieu.
Heyward has a chance to make it back-to-back Platinum Glove award wins for the Cubs, as fan voting for the trophy is now open. The polls will remain open until 9 p.m. on Thursday night, according to the Society for American Baseball Research.