The San Francisco Giants have three finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove award this year. Catcher Buster Posey, Shortstop Brandon Crawford and Second Baseman Joe Panik were announced today among three finalists at their positions in the National League.
Posey was nominated for the first time last season, losing the award to Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals. If Posey wins, he will be the first catcher to win the award for the Giants since Mike Matheny won in 2005.
Crawford, who won the award last season, is a finalist for a second straight season and is the favorite to repeat. His play at shortstop has been spectacular throughout his career, so it is no surprise that he is getting the recognition now as an elite defender.
Panik is a first time finalist. If he were to win, he would be the first second baseman to win the award in San Francisco since Robby Thompson in 1993.
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The last time the Giants had two winners in a single season was in 2005 when Matheny and Omar Vizquel took home the awards and the last time the Giants had three winners was 1994, when Matt Williams, Darren Lewis and Barry Bonds won.
The Gold Glove Award Winners will be announced on November 8th, 2016.
Look for our profile articles on why all three Giants should win their respective Gold Glove award.