San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford wins Golden Glove Award
Nov 12 2015
Crawford was the only Giant out of four finalists (Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Matt Duffy) to win a Gold Glove.
The announcement came Tuesday evening, awarding Crawford the honor over Adeiny Hechavarria of the Miami Marlins and Andrelton Simmons of the Atlanta Braves. Lindor, despite making his major league debut on June 15, topped AL shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved (per Baseball Info Solutions) and Total Zone Rating (from BaseballProjection.com) and was rated the top AL shortstop defensively by the Fielding Bible Awards. But when the Gold Gloves were passed out, Simmons was passed over in favor of Crawford.
The other AL winners were second baseman Jose Altuve and pitcher Dallas Keuchel of Houston, Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, Tampa Bay center fielder Kevin Kiermaier and Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun. He's got a great makeup. The Gold Glove awards are voted by the managers and coaches of each Major League Baseball team, but they can not vote for a player on their own team.
Simmons won the Gold Glove the previous two seasons, and Crawford said while he was "optimistic" about his chances this year, he was still "a little bit surprised" when he learned from his agent he'd won. He made a career-low 13 errors, because of an improved sense of when to attempt a highlight-reel play and when to pocket a risky throw. As of the last rankings September 13, Crawford's SDI of +16.8 was the highest of any N.L. player - not just shortstops - and a big jump from his 2014 (+7.3) and 2013 (+2.6) numbers. And although offensive statistics is not supposed to be considered in Gold Glove voting, there have been the complaints for decades of hitting stats factoring into the voting by a few coaches and managers.
From diving backhands to his left, to glove-flips from his stomach to start a double play, Crawford added power at the plate to go along with his always stellar defensive play, which earned him his first All-Star Game honor.
Vizquel won Gold Gloves in 2005-06, but the Giants had not had a Gold Glove recipient since.