Chase Headley – and not David Wright – has won the National League Gold Glove Award at third base for the 2012 season.
David Wright was nominated for the award along with Headley, and Aramis Ramirez – it would have been Wright’s third Gold Glove in his career.
Wright finished the season with a .974 fielding percentage at third base and led the National League with 16 runs saved, both of which were career-highs.
In addition, Wright committed just ten errors at third base – a career-best – and his 15.4 UZR at third base led the league and was a career-high.
Michael Baron, ContributorWright got robbed on this one, as he did for the starting job in the All-Star Game. Headley’s fielding percentage was slightly higher than Wright’s (.003 points), but Wright led Headley in every advanced metric – he should have won the award. In fact, in terms of UZR, Headley (6.0) wasn’t close to Wright (15.4). It’s disappointing because Wright was absolutely insane at third base this past year and had, by far, his best defensive season. He showed improved range, quickness and his throwing to first was much, much better than it has really ever been. To the eyes he was the best at the position, and statistically he was the best at the position. Yet, he didn’t win the award…
Even though he didn’t win, Wright at least put a lot of his prior defensive struggles to bed and reverted to his form from 2007 and 2008 at the position.