Chicago Cubs: Five unique records and milestones set by Cubs
Chicago Cubs: He might not have been a big name, but Darwin Barney’s fielding set some notable records and produced some shiny hardware.
One of the few bright spots during the 100-loss 2012 Cubs season was Darwin Barney winning the Gold Glove at second base. Barney’s award-winning season saw him commit a grand total of two errors with 28 Defensive Runs Saved and a UZR/150 of 12.5 in 1,270 innings.
Those are some dang great numbers. Barney had some tough competition for the Gold Glove at second base with Reds All-Star Brandon Phillips, having won three of the last four of them.
What stood out during that season for Barney was him setting the National League record for consecutive games played without an error in a season at second base at 141. Barney was just three outs away from breaking the MLB record Placido Polanco set in 2007 when he was charged with a throwing error against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 27, 2012.
It is worth noting Barney this same season broke former Cubs tremendous and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg‘s NL record of 123 games without an error in a season. Going an extra 18 games without an error than a Hall of Famer is pretty impressive. Of course, he did not hit quite like Ryno did or had nearly as long of a career, but Barney deserves credit for being one of the better fielding second basemen the Cubs have seen over the years.
It might be a while before this record is matched or broken.