During a rough season for the Chicago Cubs and their fans, there weren’t many bright spots but one was Darwin Barney. Barney got rewarded for his great defensive season in winning the Gold Glove at second base on Tuesday. Barney is the first Cub since Ryne Sandberg in 1991 to win the Gold Glove at second base. There is no doubt that Barney deserved the award with just two errors all season including a stretch where he tied the major league record for errorless games.
It has seemed at times in the past few years that the Gold Glove has turned into a popularity contest where players who had won it several times in the past kept winning it. This is a refreshing change and just proves how important Barney was to the Cubs all season long on the right side of the infield along with rookie Anthony Rizzo. Anytime you make just two errors in 731 chances, you have a special season going on with the glove.
Barney is going to be the second baseman on the North Side for a long time to come you can safely assume with no one in the farm system on the horizon to put any pressure on Barney. Cubs fans around the world can appreciate what Barney did with a team that lost 101 games since Barney gave everything he had in every game all season long. There are many Gold Gloves in Barney’s future with Rizzo being at first base to scoop up any mistake Barney may make. It is just the first piece to the Cubs’ homegrown talent coming through with much, much more to come.