Brandon Crawford

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Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford on July 15, 2011.jpg
Crawford with the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants – No. 35
Born: (1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 28)
Mountain View, California
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 27, 2011 for the San Francisco Giants
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .242
Hits 393
Home runs 26
Runs batted in 178
Career highlights and awards

MLB Records

  • First shortstop to hit a postseason grand slam
  • MLB debut grand slam
Brandon Crawford
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
FISU World Championship
Gold 2006 Havana Baseball

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).

Early life[edit]

Crawford is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, and grew up in Pleasanton. He was born in Mountain View,[1] and his family lived in Menlo Park before they moved to Pleasanton when he was in elementary school. He grew up a Giants fan, and his family purchased season tickets and a commemorative brick in Willie Mays Plaza outside AT&T Park when the ballpark opened in 2000.[2] 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 the class of 2005.[3]

College career[edit]

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,[1] the first time in school history.[4] Crawford was named the team's MVP in 2006 and 2007, and he was named to the All-Pac-10 conference team in 2007.[1]

He helped lead the United States national team to the title in the 2006 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World Championship.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Crawford was selected in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Giants.[1] Crawford started his first season as a professional with the Class-A Advanced San Jose Giants in 2009. In 25 games, he hit .371 with six home runs and 17 RBIs, good enough for a slugging percentage of .600 and 1.045 OPS.[6] In May, Crawford was promoted to the Double-A Connecticut Defenders, where he spent the rest of the season, batting .258 with four home runs in 108 games.[6]

In 2010, Crawford opened the season in Double-A (now with the Richmond Flying Squirrels), and batted .241 in 79 games before suffering a broken hand in early July, which sidelined Crawford for nearly two months. When he recovered, he was assigned back to San Jose for the remainder of the season. He was ranked the sixth best prospect in the Giants' organization by Baseball America heading into 2011.[7]


In 2011, Crawford was invited to Spring Training but was set back by a broken finger suffered in the final week, and started the season in San Jose while he recovered.[8] He was called up to the majors for the first time on May 26, 2011, following injuries to Buster Posey, Mike Fontenot, and Darren Ford.[9]

Crawford made his MLB debut on May 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers. His first big league 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 the only Giants whose first career Major League hit was a grand slam;[10] 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.[11] On July 31, he was optioned to the Giants' Triple-A affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies, after the Giants acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera.[12] The Giants were 23–18 with Crawford as a starter, but he was only hitting .190.[13] Crawford was recalled in September when MLB rosters expanded to 40 players.[14]


In 2012, Crawford was named the team's opening day shortstop, in which he batted 8th in the lineup. He batted .248 with four home runs, 26 doubles, and 45 RBI in 143 games. Crawford was praised for his defense during the 2012 postseason, which culminated in a 4–0 sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series.[15] Crawford ranked third among NL shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved at +12,[16] and was recognized with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award at shortstop.


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 153 games, Crawford batted .246 and set career highs with ten home runs and 69 RBIs. In the 2014 postseason, Crawford led all Giants with 9 RBIs. In the 4th inning of the NL Wild Card Game between the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates, Crawford hit a grand slam off of Edinson Volquez, becoming the first shortstop to hit a grand slam in Major League Baseball postseason history.[17][18] Crawford batted .304 (7-for-23) with 4 RBIs in the 2014 World Series, en route to his second championship with the Giants. In Game 7, Crawford drove in the second run for the Giants with a sacrifice fly and, along with second baseman Joe Panik, turned a critical double-play in the third inning.[19]


On January 27, 2015, the Giants and Crawford avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.175 million deal.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Crawford married former UCLA gymnast Jalynne Dantzscher in Kona, Hawaii on November 26, 2011.[21] They have two daughters.[22]


  1. ^ a b c d "Player Bio: Brandon Crawford - UCLA Official Athletic Site". Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 
  2. ^ Killion, Ann (October 8, 2012). "Brandon Crawford: living the dream". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  3. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (May 29, 2011). "Giants notebook: Buster Posey has a new favorite player -- rookie Brandon Crawford". San Jose Mercury News. p. C7. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "UCLA's Brandon Crawford Promoted to San Francisco Giants". May 26, 2011. Archived from the original on May 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ "UCLA Baseball's Brandon Crawford Earns Gold Medal with U.S. National Team". August 16, 2006. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "When They Were San Jose Giants: Brandon Crawford". 
  7. ^ Baggarly, Andy (January 26, 2011). "San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects". Baseball America. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ Inman, Cam (May 24, 2011). "Giants prospect remains patient". San Jose Mercury News. p. D5. Archived from the original on May 24, 2011. 
  9. ^ Berry, Adam (May 26, 2011). "Belt, Stewart, Crawford brought up to Giants". Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. 
  10. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (May 27, 2011). "Brandon Crawford's grand slam in debut lifts San Francisco Giants". Bay Area News Group. 
  11. ^ Schulman, Henry (June 26, 2011). "Brandon Crawford's slam in debut lifts Giants". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  12. ^ "Giants option Crawford to make room for Cabrera". Associated Press. July 31, 2011. Retrieved August 1, 2011. The San Francisco Giants optioned rookie shortstop Brandon Crawford to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday to make room on the roster for new shortstop Orlando Cabrera. 
  13. ^ Baggarly, Andrew (August 31, 2011). "San Francisco Giants plan to keep Brandon Crawford busy this fall". San Jose Mercury News. p. D5. Retrieved September 2, 2011. Crawford hit .190 before he was optioned July 31, but the Giants were 23-18 during his two-month run as the everyday shortstop. 
  14. ^ Reiss, Scott (September 2, 2011). "Giants recall Crawford, Burriss, Gillaspie, Joaquin". 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. 
  15. ^ Perrotto, John (October 28, 2012). "Brandon Crawford, Giants one win from World Series title". USA Today. 
  16. ^ Schoenfield, David (January 15, 2013). "Five underappreciated weapons for 2013". 
  17. ^ Bink, Bill (October 1, 2014). "Shutout: Pirates unable to stop Giants' Bumgarner in 8-0 loss". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved October 1, 2014. 
  18. ^ Steward, Carl (October 17, 2014). "Brandon Crawford a most indispensable Giant". San Jose Mercury News. 
  19. ^ "Brandon Crawford Wins Second World Series Ring". UCLA Athletics. October 30, 2014. 
  20. ^ Schulman, Henry (January 27, 2015). "Crawford avoids arbitration, gets $3.175 million deal". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  21. ^ 24, 2011 "Two more Giant weddings". Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. December 9, 2011. 
  22. ^ White, Paul. "Clubhouse confidential: Giants staff ready to return to form". USA Today. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 

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