Heyward beat out Andre Ethier and Jay Bruce as the other finalists en route to the first Braves Gold Glove since 2007, when Andruw Jones and Jeff Francouer were voted as the best center and right fielders.
“He’s the best I’ve ever seen in right field going back on a baseball,” David Ross told Dave O'Brien. “It may be because of his height and speed combined. He can really go back. And it allows him to play a shallow right field, which I like as a catcher because I want my pitcher to be rewarded and not give up so many hits on bloopers and broken bats.”
The award surprised no one, as Heyward had already won the purely statistic Fielding Bible Award as the best right fielder in the Major Leagues. The Gold Glove is determined by player and coach voting across the big leagues, and Braves third base coach Brian Snitker felt so strongly about Heyward winning this year that he threatened to boycott future votes if he didn't win.
Heyward made five errors in right this year, the third fewest in the NL, though he also made the most plays. His 11 outfield assists tied him for the NL right field lead with Hunter Pence.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jason Heyward, MLB, Rawlings Gold Glove Award