Brandon Crawford

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Biographical Information[edit]

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.

On August 8, 2016, he collected 7 hits in a game as the Giants defeated the Miami Marlins in 14 innings. He was the first major league player in 41 years to get that many hits in a game, after Rennie Stennett had done so for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a nine-inning game against the Chicago Cubs on September 16, 1975. His 14th-inning single off Andrew Cashner proved the game-winner as San Francisco prevailed, 8-7. He was again the hero on August 10th as his solo homer off David Phelps turned out to be the only run in a 1-0 win over the Marlins. He hit .275 in 155 games, with a National League-leading 11 triples, while scoring 67 runs and driving in 84. He went 1 for 3 and scored a run in San Francisco's game-winning rally against the New York Mets in the 9th inning of the Wild Card Game on October 5th, then was 4 for 17 with a pair of doubles as the Giants were defeated by the Chicago Cubs in the Division Series.

In 2017, the Giants took a nosedive, landing in last place in the NL West. Brandon hit .253 with 34 doubles, 14 homers and 77 RBIs, but saw his production of triples fall to just 1. He continued to play great defense, though, winning his third straight Gold Glove. The Giants bounced back in 2018 and on June 10th he just about single-handedly defeated Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals as he hit a two-run homer in the 4th and added two more hits against the ace pitcher, then added another hit later in the game to lead San Francisco to a 2-0 win that snapped a nine-game winning streak by Scherzer. Crawford was hitting a scorching .439 since May 1st and had raised his batting average on the year to .338. However, this did not last as he finished the season at .254 in 151 games, with 14 homers and 54 RBIs. On July 15, 2019, he had a great day in a doubleheader sweep of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field: in the opener, he went back-to-back with Mike Yastrzemski in the 1st inning on his way to going 5-for-6 and tying a team record with 8 RBIs in a 19-2 demolition of the Rox. In the second game, he again went back-to-back, this time following Stephen Vogt's long ball in the 4th, and the Giants won 2-1.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Martin Oppegaard: "Crawford having an all-around career year: Giants shortstop's offensive numbers surging, defense consistent",, June 28, 2018. [1]
  • Jose L. Ortiz: "Giants' Brandon Crawford drawing attention with offensive prowess", USA Today Sports, August 16, 2016. [2]

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