Despite a phenomenal season at the first base position for the San Diego Padres, Wil Myers was not chosen to win his first career Gold Glove Award.
While it may have been overshadowed by a slightly larger event, the unveiling of Major League Baseball’s Gold Glove Award winners on Tuesday made for a compelling evening. Baseball fans across the country were tuned to ESPN as the victors were announced in each league, position by position.
For the San Diego Padres, the night did not turn out as hoped. Wil Myers, a finalist at the first base position, was not selected to take home his first Gold Glove Award. Instead of him and fellow finalist Paul Goldschmidt, the world champion Chicago Cubs took home some more hardware, as Anthony Rizzo was victorious.
Rizzo was one of two Cubs who won last night, as right fielder Jason Heyward received his fourth career Gold Glove. The 27-year-old superstar committed just six errors in 154 games at first base, resulting in an impressive .996 fielding percentage.
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As for Myers, the 25-year-old has no regrets and feels little disappointment over the news. The North Carolina native still turned in a fabulous 2016 defensively, committing just three errors in his 149 games at first base. This adds up to a remarkable .998 fielding percentage at one of the most difficult positions to play.
While Myers played the vast majority of 2016 at first, he did play 21 games elsewhere. In these games, spent in the outfield and at third base, the finalist was flawless, committing no errors. While this did not contribute to his case for the Gold Glove, it speaks to the versatility of Myers which adds to his value.
While the contract status of Myers is still unknown, the Padres hope to keep the budding star for the long term rebuild of the organization. If they are able to do so, Myers may not have seen his final opportunity to take home a Gold Glove Award.