HECK YES. A very deserved win for a guy whose defense took a huge step forward this year.
Ian Happ is the 2022 NL Gold Glove winner in left field:
By all reasonable measures, Happ was one of the best defensive left fielders in baseball this year, and deserved to win this award. He trailed David Peralta by a little bit in Outs Above Average, but he led the league in UZR/150 and BLEW THE FIELD AWAY in Defensive Runs Saved (13, as compared to Tommy Pham, in second place with 3). That’s a Gold Glover right there.
It’s nice to have left field locked down for the Cubs in 2023 by a Gold-Glove-winning, above-average bat. Happ is due to be a free agent after 2023, however …