Married (Jalynne Dantzscher, Nov. 26, 2011)… the couple have two daughters (Bralyn Ann, Dec. 18, 2012; Jaydyn April, March 8, 2014) and one son (Braxton Michael, January 15, 2016). Graduated from Foothill (Pleasanton, CA) High School. Grew up a Giants fan because his father was a Giants fan and season-ticket holder at Candlestick (seats on the third-base side)...his father took a 9-month-old Brandon to the 1987 playoffs and said his son wasn't bothered at all by the loud noise. Attended UCLA…batted .302 with 53 runs, 13 2Bs, five 3Bs, seven HRs and 51 RBI in 60 games for the Bruins in 2008…earned UCLA's Most Valuable Player honors in both 2006 and 2007, while also receiving All-Pac 10 accolades…hit over .300 in each of his three years at UCLA, posting a career avg. of .319 with 44 2Bs, 13 3Bs, 20 HRs, 136 RBI and 145 runs. His favorite player was Royce Clayton because he played shortstop. Also liked Will Clark, Barry Bonds and Kirt Manwaring. But favorite player was Alex Rodriguez. Father Michael works in the contracts department for Northrop Grumman, a global security company, in San Jose...his mother Lynn is a fifth-grade teacher at Vintage Hills Elementary in Pleasanton. More sports-in-the-family: Brandon's sister Amy - a former softball player at UCLA - is married to another former Bruin, Garrit Cole, the Pirates first-round pick in the 2011 draft, now a starter in the Majors. Involved with the following organizations: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, Take Me Out to the Ballgame Ticket Donation Program, Giants Community Fund - Junior Giants, Big League Impact and Casa Colina (Craw Claw proceeds).
Hit .253 (131-for-518) with 34 doubles, 14 home runs and 77 RBI in 144 games...Led the team in doubles (34) and RBI (77) and ranked second in homers (14)...Had the seventh-lowest OPS among National League players at .709...Started 135 of 162 games at shortstop...his .982 fielding pct. was the third-best among NL shortstops...Won his third-consecutive NL Gold Glove at shortstop...became the first shortstop to win three-straight since Jimmy Rollins (2007-09) and the first Giants since J.T. Snow, who won four in a row (1997-2000)...Helped Team USA win the World Baseball Classic against Puerto Rico...was one of the team's best players, hitting .385 (10-for-26) with three doubles, a triple and a team-high six RBI in eight games...Was placed on the three-day bereavement list on April 26 as he attended services for his sister-in-law, Jennifer Pippin, who passed away unexpectedly April 12 after suffering an asthma attack...Strained his right groin while rounding first base in the 8th inning on April 25 vs. Los Angeles-NL....was placed on the 10-day DL on April 29 and was reinstated May 11...Named the Giants' Heart & Hustle winner, an award given to one player from each team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit, and tradition of the game.
Hit .275 (152-for-553) with 28 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 84 RBI in 155 games. Won his second consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove award, beating out Freddy Galvis of the Phillies and Addison Russell of the Cubs...became the first Giants repeat winner at any position since Omar Vizquel in 2005-06. Teammate Joe Panik won his first Gold Glove at second base in 2016...Crawford and Panik composed the first double-play combo to win in the NL since the Cardinals' Edgar Renteria and Fernando Vina in 2002. Finished tied for the ML lead with 11 triples. Hit .356 with RISP in the first half, compared to a .186 clip after the break. The Giants went 38-13 (.745) when he recorded at least one RBI in a game. Did not commit an error in his final 43 games and 174 total chances...his .983 fielding pct. was fourth among NL shortstops. Was named the Giants' 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner for the second straight season.... this esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. Hit the second walk-off home run of his career on April 8 vs. Los Angeles, hitting an opposite-field solo shot in the 10th inning off Dodgers RHP Joe Blanton to give the Giants a 3-2 win. Became just the third player in National League history to collect seven hits in a game and just the sixth in MLB history on Aug. 8 at Miami, as he went 7-for-8 (five singles, double, triple, 10 total bases). Tied a National League record for hits in a game, set by Baltimore's Wilbert Robinson in 1892 and tied by Pittsburgh's Rennie Stennet in 1975... the ML record is nine (in 11 ABs) by Cleveland's Johnny Burnett in 1932. Crawford became the first player in Giants franchise history to record seven hits in one game. Dislocated his left pinky finger on Sept. 20 at Los Angeles-NL while sliding headfirst into third base while running from first to third on a single…had his finger popped back into place in the tunnel following the injury and missed the next four games.
2015 All-Star separated himself from the pack with a breakout season at the plate, making a big jump to elite-level production at shortstop...he won his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award and Silver Slugger Award, becoming the first Giant to win both awards in the same year since Barry Bonds in 1997....Set career-highs in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.256), runs (65), hits (130), doubles (33), home runs (21), RBI (84) and slugging percentage (.462)....Started 136 games, all at shortstop, and had the sixth-best fielding pct. among NL shortstops with a .979 figure....Became the first Giants shortstop to win a Gold Glove since Omar Vizquel won it two years in a row in 2005 and 2006....Became the first Giants shortstop to hit 20-plus homers in a season since Rich Aurilia in 2001 (36)....Also became the first shortstop to lead the Giants in home runs for a season since Bill Dahlen in 1905 (seven homers)....Led all Major League shortstops with 84 RBI...Chris Speier was the last Giant to lead all MLB shortstops in RBI (71 in 1973)....Was one of five Giants (sixth occurence) whose primary position was SS to hit at least 20+ HRs and drive in 80-plus runs in a season, joining Travis Jackson (1929, 21 HRs, 94 RBI), Al Dark (1953, 23 HRs, 88 RBI), Rich Aurilia (1999, 22 HRs, 80 RBI; 2001, 37 HRs, 97 RBI) and Juan Uribe (2010, 24 HRs, 85 RBI)....Selected by the players for the All Star team, his first All-Star selection...became the first Giants shortstop to be elected since Rich Aurilia in 2001, and became one of seven Giants shortstops to ever be elected, joining Travis Jackson (1934), Dick Bartell (1937), Bill Jurges (1939, 1940), Alvin Dark (1951, 1952), Chris Speier (1972, 1974) and Aurilia (2001)....Drove in a career-best six runs May 16 at CIN, hitting his fourth career grand slam and finishing a triple shy of the cycle....Recorded his second career multi-HR game Aug. 3 at Atlanta, hitting a pair of HRs off RHP Mike Foltynewicz....Missed 15 games in Aug. and Sept. w/tight left oblique and a tight calf...suffered the oblique injury on a swing in his final AB against CHC's Jake Arrieta Aug. 25...the calf injury came after getting hit by a pitch from LA's Chris Hatcher on Aug. 31.
Completed his third full big league season with the Giants, batting .246 (121-for-491) with 54 runs scored, 20 doubles, 10 triples, 10 home runs and 69 RBI in a career-high 153 games..posted career-bests in runs scored, triples, homers, RBI and walks (59)...His 10 triples were tied for the second-most in the big leagues behind Dee Gordon (12)...His 69 RBI were the third-most among NL shortstops behind WAS's Ian Desmond (91) and STL's Jhonny Peralta (73)...Hit .320 against left-handed pitchers after entering the season a career .214 hitter against southpaws...His .320 clip against left-handers ranked as the highest clip on the Giants and the seventh-best figure in the NL...Struggled against right-handed pitchers, hitting just .213, the sixth-lowest average among qualifying players in the big leagues...Batted .350 (21-for-60) with runners in scoring position and two outs, the fifth-best mark in the NL...Hit .365 (27-for-74) in 23 games in September, the fifth highest batting average in the NL...Started 142 of 162 games at shortstop and committed a career-high 21 errors, which ranked as the second-most among big league shortstops (WAS's Ian Desmond had 24) and the fourth-most among all players at any position.
In his third big league season (his second full campaign) Crawford appeared in 149 games, making 139 starts (all a shortstop) and batted .248 (124-for-499) with 24 doubles, nine HRs and 43 RBI. His 15 errors at shortstop were tied for the third-most in the NL. Committed 10 errors in the first half of the season...however, following the break, made just five miscues. Established a career high with nine home runs (entered the year with seven career HRs in two seasons). Struggled against left-handed pitching, hitting .199 (29- for-146). Was just 21-for-122 (.172) with runners in scoring position, which ranked as the third-lowest mark in the Majors (min. 100 ABs). Made his second career Opening Day roster and start. Hit a three-run opposite field HR on April 9 vs. Colorado in SF's four-run 6th inning...marked just his second career home run at AT&T Park (came in his 363rd plate appearance at AT&T)...prior to this homer, the last time he hit an opposite field home run was when he was in single-A San Jose. Hit safely in a career-high 11 games from April 7-18, batting .432 (16-for-37) during the stretch. Recorded a career-best four hits on June 8 at Arizona, going 4-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored. Left the game on June 18 vs. San Diego after spraining his index and middle fingers on his right hand on a 2nd inning stolen base attempt...struggled offensively after injuring his two fingers, batting just .211 (54-for-256) with 15 RBI in his final 80 games.
Became the third player drafted by SF to start at SS on Opening Day since Royce Clayton in 1995 (other: Brian Bocock in 2008). Finished second among NL shortstops in All-Star fan voting in 2012, receiving 3,666,897 votes…was just 306,024 votes behind St. Louis' Rafael Furcal (3,972,921). Was ejected for first time in his career July 23 vs. SD…was thrown out by 1B umpire Jordan Baker in the eighth after he hit an apparent double in the sixth but was ruled out by Baker, who said he missed the bag. Recorded first career game-winning hit July 24, 2012 vs. San Diego, delivering a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning off of LHP Joe Thatcher, giving the Giants a 3-2 win. Hit his first career pinch-hit HR Aug. 13, 2012 vs. WAS, hitting two-run shot off LHP Gio Gonzalez in the 7th inning of SF's 14-2 loss.
Initially missed the beginning of the 2011 season with a broken finger sustained during spring training. Had his contract purchased from San Jose on May 26, as the Giants placed Mike Fontenot, Darren Ford and Buster Posey all on the DL. Made his Major League debut on May 27 at Milwaukee and hit a grand slam in the 7th inning that turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead and helped the Giants to a 5-4 victory…became only the sixth player in Major League history to hit a grand slam in his first big league game...others: Bill Duggleby, Phillies (April 21, 1898); Bobby Bonds, Giants (June 25, 1968); Jeremy Hermida, Marlins (Aug. 31, 2005); Kevin Kouzmanoff, Indians (Sept. 2, 2006); and Daniel Nava, Red Sox (June 12, 2010)...Duggleby, Hermida, Kouzmanoff and Nava each accomplished feat in their first career at-bat (Elias). Became the first Giants player to have his first ML hit be a grand slam since Brian Dallimore did it on April 30, 2004 vs. Florida...Dallimore homered in his third career plate appearance off LHP Dontrelle Willis...Crawford became one of 11 players in Giants franchise history (since 1919) to have his first big league hit be a HR in his first game.
Missed eight weeks after breaking his right hand after being hit by a line drive while fielding a ground ball off a fungo bat…prior to injury was named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team.