Crawford with the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants – No. 35
January 21, 1987 |
Mountain View, California
|May 27, 2011 for the San Francisco Giants|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||178|
Career highlights and awards
|Competitor for United States|
|FISU World Championship|
Brandon Michael Crawford (born January 21, 1987) is an American professional baseball player for the San Francisco Giants in Major League Baseball (MLB). The shortstop was the sixth player in MLB history to hit a grand slam in his first Major League game. He is also the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in a Major League Baseball postseason game. Crawford played college baseball for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was twice named the team's Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Crawford is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and grew up in Pleasanton. He was born in Mountain View, and his family lived in Menlo Park before they moved to Pleasanton when he was in elementary school. Crawford attended Foothill High School in Pleasanton; where he was a three sport athlete playing football, basketball, and baseball. He was the starting quarterback for the Foothill Falcons and graduated in class of 2005.
Crawford attended UCLA, where he was a physiological sciences major. He played baseball for the UCLA Bruins from 2006 to 2008, where he helped lead the team to the NCAA Regionals in three consecutive seasons, the first time in school history. Crawford was named the team's MVP in 2006 and 2007, and he was named to the All-Pac-10 conference team in 2007.
Crawford was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Giants. He was ranked the sixth best prospect in the Giants' organization by Baseball America in 2011. Crawford was set back by a broken finger suffered in the final week of 2011 spring training. He was called up to the majors for the first time on May 26, 2011. Crawford made his MLB debut the following day against the Milwaukee Brewers, and his first hit came in his third at bat of the game and was a grand slam off the Brewers' Shaun Marcum. He joined Bobby Bonds and Brian Dallimore as Giants whose first career Major League hit was a grand slam; he also became the sixth player in MLB history and the second player in Giants history along with Bonds to hit a grand slam in his first game. On July 31, he was optioned to the Giants' Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies, after the Giants acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera. The Giants were 23–18 with Crawford as a starter, but he was only hitting .190. Crawford was recalled in September when MLB rosters expanded to 40 players. In 2012, Crawford was named the team's opening day shortstop, in which he batted 8th in the lineup.
Crawford was the starting shortstop for 2013, with Joaquín Árias as his backup. He hit best in April, when he went .272/.346/.511 with 5 HR and 14 RBI. In 149 games on the year, he hit .248/.311/.363 with 9 HR and 43 RBI.
In the 4th inning of the 2014 National League Wild Card Game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco at PNC Park, Crawford homered off of Pirate pitcher Edison Volquez with the bases full: he is the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in a Major League Baseball postseason game.
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- Reiss, Scott (September 2, 2011). "Giants recall Crawford, Burriss, Gillaspie, Joaquin". CSNBayArea.com. Retrieved September 2, 2011. "The Giants recalled Brandon Crawford, Emmanuel Burriss, Conor Gillaspie and Waldis Joaquin from Triple A Fresno with the expansion of the roster to 40."
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- UCLA Bruins bio
- Brandon Crawford on Twitter