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Brandon Michael Crawford
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School UCLA
- High School Foothill High School (Pleasanton)
- Debut May 27, 2011
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.
- NL All-Star (2015)
- 3-time NL Gold Glove Winner (2015-2017)
- NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2015)
- NL Triples Leader (2016)
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2015)
- Won two World Series with the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and 2014
- Jose L. Ortiz: "Giants' Brandon Crawford drawing attention with offensive prowess", USA Today Sports, August 16, 2016.