SF Giants’ Crawford, Yastrzemski named Gold Glove finalists as Posey, Kapler and Zaidi earn other honors

Brandon Crawford may have made the Giants’ catch of the year during the postseason, but his regular-season glovework wasn’t too shabby, either.

He was named a finalist Thursday for the NL’s Gold Glove Award at the shortstop position alongside fellow finalists Francisco Lindor of the Mets and Kevin Newman of the Pirates.

Crawford already has three Gold Gloves to his name, won in consecutive years from 2015-17, and he had a general resurgence in his age-34 season this year, earning the third All-Star nod of the season.

The Bay Area native’s shining moment from 2021 came in Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series against the Dodgers, when he leapt to catch a scorching line drive from Mookie Betts to end the seventh inning with two runners on base.

Beyond that single moment, Crawford was solid with the glove throughout the Giants’ 107-win season. He matched a career high with a .983 fielding percentage, though advanced fielding metrics placed him in the bottom half of shortstops league-wide.

Joining Crawford as a Giants Gold Glove finalist is Mike Yastrzemski, who is one of three right fielders in the running. The aforementioned Betts and former San Francisco draft pick Adam Duvall are the other finalists.

The winners of the Gold Glove Awards will be announced next week.

Sporting News recognizes 3 Giants

Three other San Francisco contributors were honored Thursday morning.

Sporting News named Buster Posey its comeback player of the year for his resurgence after a year off in 2020. Posey was named to his seventh All-Star team and slashed .304/.390/.499 with 23 home runs this year.

The news publication also honored Gabe Kapler and Farhan Zaidi as the NL manager and MLB executive of the year, respectively.

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Author: Michael Nowels