The Gold Glove finalists were announced yesterday, and Giants second baseman Joe Panik, shortstop Brandon Crawford, and catcher Buster Posey were each named as one of three possible winners at their positions. Now, let’s remember that the voting is already done and this finalist stuff is happening after the fact in order to drum up more interest in the award, but since this is a Giants-related thing that’s happening, hey, let’s talk about it.
Panik will be going up against Colorado’s DJ LeMahieu and Arizona’s Jean Segura, both of whom Fangraphs says were far inferior defenders to him. Since we all know that the proper way to use defensive statistics is to look at as many as possible until you find one that says what you want which you then accept unquestioningly, this means it will be a great travesty of justice if he doesn’t win and we should all throw garments and rend pitchforks.
A different perspective comes from Hank Schulman:
LeMahieu will win, and deservedly so. He's an amazing second baseman. I predict wins or Posey and Crawford. #sfgiants— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) October 27, 2016
Crawford, last year’s winner at shortstop, is up against Addison Russell of the Cubs and Freddy Galvis of the Phillies. Fangraphs has Crawford as easily the best shortstop in the NL, and he just edges out Francisco Lindor as the best in the majors. Cubs fans, of course, voted Russell into the All-Star Game, which essentially cost Crawford his well-deserved spot, so either it will be nice for Crawford to beat him for this award or we’ll be able to complain about something else about the Cubs for a long, long time.
Posey is going up against Jonathan Lucroy and Unstoppable Catching Gold Glove God Yadier Molina. Fangraphs says Lucroy is the best defender (though admittedly, much of that value came when he was in the American League), so let’s disregard that and yell about pitch framing until we’re convinced that Posey deserves to win, and then, again, we’ll watch Molina go home with the prize. Andrew Baggarly, for one, thinks that Posey should win, but he still might not.
This should be the year Posey interrupts Yadier's reign. Not confident it will be, though. https://t.co/huS3CTlB64— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) October 27, 2016
The winners will be announced after the World Series is over.