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Cubs' Barney Ends Errorless Streak: Fan Reaction

Gold Glove Possibility

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It had to happen at some point. Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney committed an error in the September 28 game at the Arizona Diamondbacks. The error itself meant little to the game or to the Cubs, but its significance looms large overall. The error was Barney's first at second base since April 17, giving Barney a span of 141 consecutive errorless games at second base. The streak ties Placido Palanco's Major League record.

One more inning

To make matters a little more disheartening, the error happened with no outs in the eighth inning. The Cubs fell behind 6-3 on the play, and since they did not score in the top of the ninth, it turns out that he needed only to complete that eighth inning to have the record all to himself at 142 games and counting. Of course, we cannot predict exactly what would have happened without the error, but that point is moot. I like seeing players -- especially Cubs -- break records, and we very nearly saw it happen.

Premier second baseman

Throughout a horrendous season of team rebuilding and growing pains, Barney has emerged as one of the National League's premier defensive second basemen. He has tremendous range to either side and back into the outfield. He does not garner the headlines as much as others such as the Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips. He does not hit many home runs like the Diamondbacks' Aaron Hill. He does, though, make the routine plays that need making, and he can make the spectacular highlight-reel play as often as the others.

Gold Glove possibility

Barney has a terrific possibility of winning the National League Gold Glove award for second base. The errorless streak will enhance his chances. He leads N.L. qualifying second basemen in committing the fewest errors with only two and fielding percentage at .997 as of September 29. Unless he has a terrible last few games in the field - which I seriously doubt will happen -- Barney could and should win the award.

National League record

Barney still holds the National League record. He surpassed Hall of Famer and former Cub second baseman Ryne Sandberg's streak of 123 games. We Cub fans will never forget "Ryno," but Barney gives us hope for the same type of stellar defense for many more years. He may never hit like Ryno did, but he saves runs, which can be just as good as driving them in.

Congratulations to Darwin Barney for a terrific stretch of defensive glory. I hope he has a gold glove sitting on his mantle this winter; he deserves it. Maybe next season, we will see Barney on another trek at the consecutive errorless games record at second base.

Sources:

Carrie Muskat, Barney's Miscue Ends 141-Game Errorless Streak, cubs.mlb.com, September 29, 2012.

Comcast Sports Net Broadcast, Chicago Cubs at Arizona Diamondbacks, September 28, 2012.

Major League Baseball, Sortable Player Statistics, Fielding, mlb.mlb.com as of September 29, 2012.

Raymond grew up in Florida and began watching the Cubs on WGN in 1982. He became a fan in 1984 when Ryne Sandberg hit the two famous game-tying home runs off Cardinals closer and former Cub Bruce Sutter. Raymond then solidified his team loyalty when the Cubs won the division later that season and has been a fan ever since. He played baseball through high school and soon after became a varsity coach. Raymond previously produced radio sports talk shows and hosted a weekly MLB radio call-in show. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau.

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