SAN FRANCISCO -- Disappointing as this season was for the San Francisco Giants, shortstop Brandon Crawford and catcher Buster Posey have an opportunity to earn a worthwhile keepsake from this year.
Crawford and Posey are finalists at their respective positions for Rawlings' 2017 National League Gold Glove Awards. Winners of the award for defensive excellence will be announced tonight at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.
This year's Gold Glove Awards represent just one way the game's top performers will be recognized. Voting is underway now for the Esurance MLB Awards, which annually honor MLB's greatest achievements as part of an industry-wide balloting process. MLB Awards season will culminate on Nov. 17, when winners are announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com starting at 5 p.m. PT.
Crawford is vying to become the first Giant to earn three consecutive Gold Gloves since first baseman J.T. Snow (1998-2000). Posey is aiming for his second straight Gold Glove. He's the lone Giants catcher to receive the honor, other than Kirt Manwaring (1993), since its inception in 1957.
Crawford's fellow finalists are Freddy Galvis of the Phillies and Corey Seager of the Dodgers. Standing between Posey and the award are St. Louis' Yadier Molina and Cincinnati's Tucker Barnhart. Posey broke Molina's eight-year Gold Glove Award-winning streak by capturing the honor last year.
Crawford, 30, ranked third this season among NL shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage and a range factor of 4.46. Those were similar to corresponding numbers from the previous two years, though his 1.0 defensive WAR (wins above replacement) this year represented a dropoff from his league-best 2.7 last season and his 2.8 total from 2015.
According to most modern metrics, Crawford remained elite. He topped his counterparts in Ultimate Zone Rating (7.0) and overall Defensive Rating (13.2). His 9.0 Defensive Runs Saved was the league's third-best total.
Posey, 30, compiled a .995 fielding percentage, third best among NL catchers. He also ranked fourth with a 37.9 caught-stealing percentage (22 runners thrown out in 58 attempts). He also committed one passed ball, a league-low among catchers who played at least 35 games.
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.