Chase Headley Wins Gold Glove


2012 just keeps getting better for Chase Headley. Headley won the 2012 Gold Glove, the first of his career.

Headley has always been regarded as a solid defender, but he turned in his best season in the field as well. Headley turned in a sparkling .976 fielding percentage to lead all National League 3rd baseman. Headley also posted a 5.0 UZR, in advanced defensive metrics. Anyway you break it down, Headley emerged as one of the best 3rd baseman in the game of baseball today.

September 22, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) throws the ball to first base during the fifth inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT

It will be interesting to see how Headley’s RBI title and Gold Glove will affect contract negotiations. Headley is eligible for arbitration this offseason and could be a possible extension candidate.

Headley is just the 2nd third baseman to win a Gold Glove in Padres history, joining 1996 NL MVP Ken Caminiti. Headley becomes the first Padre to win a Gold Glove since Adrian Gonzalez in 2009.