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Brandon Michael Crawford

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Brandon Crawford was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Michael Kendall and made his pro debut that summer.

Crawford hit a grand slam in his first major league game for the Giants against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 28, 2011, off Shaun Marcum. Not only was it his first major league game, but he had never played above AA at that point.

He hit another memorable grand slam on October 1, 2014, in the 5th inning of the National League Wild Card Game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Facing Edinson Volquez with none out and the game still scoreless, he belted a pitch into the right field seats at PNC Park to put his team ahead, 4-0, on their way to an 8-0 win. He was the first shortstop ever to hit a postseason a grand slam. The Giants went on to defeat the Kansas City Royals in 7 games in the World Series as Crawford hit .304, giving him his second World Series ring.

On May 16, 2015, he set a personal mark when he drove in 6 runs in an 11-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds; that game included another slam, this one off Mike Leake. It was a prelude to his best offensive season thus far, when he hit .256 with 33 doubles and 21 homers, scored 65 runs and drove in 84. He was named to the All-Star team for the first time and not only won the Silver Slugger Award as the best-hitting shortstop in the National League, but also displaced Andrelton Simmons as the winner of the Gold Glove, recognizing the best fielder at the position. The Giants rewarded him after the season by signing him to a six-year contract extension worth $75 million.

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