His team was in last place, but Brandon Crawford’s 2017 season wasn’t all bad. After all, he did win his third-straight Gold Glove Award — Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday.
Crawford wasn’t in the top-10 for defensive wins above replacement, but voters looked past the metrics and placed him above Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Freddy Galvis — who took second and third in the voting, respectively.
The San Francisco Giants shortstop became the first to play his position in the National League and earn the award over a three-year span since fellow Bay Area native Jimmy Rollins, as pointed out by KNBR.
Crawford said in a conference call that it was nice to salvage the individual award from a rough season on and off the field. Crawford’s sister-in-law unexpectedly passed away in April.
He also said he’s excited for the Giants to return to the playing field with a healthy rotation, regardless of what offseason acquisitions the front office makes this offseason.
“Whether or not we improve on our defense by getting anybody, we have to put this season behind us going into next year,” he said.
Catcher Buster Posey was also a Gold Glove finalist, but that award was given to the Cincinnati Reds’ Tucker Barnhart.