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Joseph Crede

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Joe Crede has played eight years with the Chicago White Sox. In 2009 he played with the 2009 Minnesota Twins. He missed 2010 due to back surgery, but in January 2011 signed a minor-league contract with the Colorado Rockies.

After being selected in the fifth round of the 1996 amateur draft by the Chicago White Sox, third baseman Crede had an often tumultuous time with the team.

Playing for Winston-Salem, he was named the 1998 Carolina League MVP. He hit .315 with 20 homers and 88 RBI and finished 2 home runs shy of winning the league's Triple Crown. His minor league success continued as he was named the Southern League MVP while playing for the Birmingham Barons in 2000.

He made it to the majors in 2000, a year in which the White Sox won the division, appearing in seven games with a .357 average. After another cup of coffee in 2001, he got 200 at-bats in 2002 and slugged .515, leading some to think he might be an up-and-coming slugger. Thrice in the final month of the 2002 season, Crede had three-hit games. On September 25, 2002, he went 3 for 3 with 4 RBI, leading the White Sox to a 7-2 win over Boston. Over the final 45 games of the 2003 season, Crede hit .325 with 25 extra base hits. He did not commit an error after August 17th that year, which was a span of 34 games. Playing as a regular between 2003 and 2005, however, his slugging percentage never exceeded .454, disappointing some fans. Seeing the modest slugging percentage along with a low on-base percentage and a modest range factor at third base, some fans (and at least one Chicago-area radio personality) called for Crede to be traded away.

However, the Sox stayed with Crede (although they picked up infielder Geoff Blum halfway through the 2005 season as insurance), and he did not disappoint. His 10th inning game-winning home run against the Cleveland Indians on September 20th helped preserve his club's narrow lead in the division race. Crede finished the season with a career-best range factor at third base, along with a career-high 22 home runs. In the World Series, he slugged .706.

In 2006, Crede had the best year of his career so far, hitting .285 with personal bests in home runs (30) and RBIs (94). He was rewarded with the AL Silver Slugger Award at 3B. However, his Adjusted OPS was still only 108. But the next year, he struggled, hitting .216 with only 4 homers in 47 games before missing the rest of the season due to back surgery.

Joe Crede is the cousin of former big league pitcher Dennis Higgins.

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