SF Giants Prospects

Pablo Sandoval: Gold Glove Finalist

By Melissa Felkins

Pablo Sandoval has been named a finalist for the NL 3B Gold Glove Award. He’s the only San Francisco Giants player to be a finalist for a Gold Glove this season.

Yes, you read that correctly. Former SF Giants and current Los Angeles Dodgers Juan Uribe is also a finalist for a Gold Glove at 3B.

In case you’re wondering why Brandon Crawford was not a finalist, look no further than his total number of errors. Of course, errors can be overrated, especially when you can literally watch how amazing Crawford is on a nightly basis. But, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Brandon Crawford will never will a Gold Glove until he cuts down on his errors, particularly the ones on routine plays. But that’s unimportant here because we’re in the middle of the World Series, which I’m sure he prefers.

Sandoval has been one of the best defensive 3B all season though. He had that streak of errorless games, and has just continued to make play after play at the hot corner. Between getting his bat going, and his defense, he’s really making a case for the Giants to pay him whatever obscene amount of money he asks for in the offseason. He’s not the best defender of the finalist, and may be the 3rd best, but he’s got some attention on him in the postseason, so that could help his case.

By the way, the Giants have the longest streak in MLB without a Gold Glove award winner. That goes all the way back to 2006 when Omar Vizquel won. Of course, they’ve won two World Series during that time, so again, I don’t think the Giants care that much. However, it would be nice to see one of the team, especially Pablo, recognized for his contributions this season.