BY: Kelsey Williamson (Gainessville, GA)
Atlanta’s Jason Heyward won the Gold Glove Award for National League right fielders on Tuesday. He is the first Brave to win a Gold Glove since outfielders Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur won in 2007.
Heyward already received the Fielding Bible Award as the major league’s best right fielder this year, which is based on his statistics.
Heyward recorded 11 outfield assists, tying San Francisco’s Hunter Pence for the NL lead among right fielders. He also made only five errors for the third-best fielding percentage among NL right fielders.
The Gold Glove Award, unlike the Fielding Bible Award, is voted on by major league coaches and managers.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and every starting member of the Atlanta outfield were nominated. Martin Prado and Michael Bourn were included as finalists for their respective positions at left and center field.
Other NL winners included Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen, and Rockies’ left fielder Carlos Gonzalez.
In the AL, Matt Wieters, former Georgia Tech star and current Orioles catcher, won his second consecutive Gold Glove, and former Braves first baseman Mark Teixeira won his fifth. Baltimore’s Adam Jones received the award in the AL for center field.