Today Jason Heyward won baseball’s most distinguished defensive honors by taking the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award as the game’s top right fielder. This was the second straight season in which Heyward has won the award, which is presented to one player from each position league wide.
Heyward also won the Fielding Bible Award last week and the Rawlings Gold Glove honor, which he took home on Tuesday.
Wilson, which established this award in 2012, considers various defensive metrics in determining the nine individual and one team winners.
That formula includes Defensive WAR (25 percent), Defensive Runs Saved (25 percent), Inside Edge Fielding ratings (20 percent), Inside Edge Arm ratings (20 percent) and Fielding Percentage (10 percent).
Heyward led all right fielders with 22 Defensive Runs Saved, and the competition wasn’t even close.
With these accolades I wonder if Heyward is thinking if he should stand pat with the Cardinals or test the Free Agency market. I tend to think that he just might stay. Where else is there a strong baseball town like St. Louis that the Rams and Blues takes a back seat to to this rich historical town that bleeds Cardinal Red.