Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford already won a Gold Glove this week for his defense in a breakout individual season. Soon he’ll have a silver bat to go with it.
Crawford was named a first-time winner of the Silver Slugger Award on Thursday, one of three Giants to receive the honor this year. Catcher Buster Posey won for a third time and pitcher Madison Bumgarner for the second consecutive season.
The Silver Slugger is given to each league’s top offensive player at every position as voted on by managers and coaches.
Crawford led all National League shortstops in home runs (21) and RBIs (84) this season and set career bests in batting average (.256), OPS (.782), runs (65) and doubles (33). He was named to his first All-Star team in July.
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Posey, who won for the third time in four seasons, finished fourth in the N.L. with a .318 batting average and ninth with 95 RBIs. He led N.L. catchers in both categories as well as homers (19) and, for the first time in his career, had more walks (56) than strikeouts (52).
Bumgarner was 19 for 77 (.247) as a hitter with five home runs and nine RBIs, both of which led major-league pitchers. He became such a threat at the plate that manager Bruce Bochy used him several times as a pinch hitter, including a memorable late-season matchup with Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in which Bumgarner drew a seven-pitch walk.