Is a native of the Bay Area and graduated from Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif. He was born in Mountain View and lived in Menlo Park before moving to Pleasanton when he was in elementary school. Attended nearby Foothill High School where he was a three-sport athlete playing football, basketball and baseball. Was the starting quarterback for the Foothill Falcons and graduated in the class of 2005...Attended UCLA, where he was a physiological sciences major. Played baseball for the Bruins from 2006 to 2008, and started 179 straight games where he helped lead the team to the NCAA Regionals in three consecutive seasons. Was named the team’s MVP in 2006 and 2007...Married to Jalynne Dantzscher on Nov. 26, 2011. They have two daughters named Braylyn Ann (Dec. 18, 2012) and Jaydyn April (March 8, 2014), and two sons named Braxton Michael (Jan. 15, 2016) and Bryson Ryder (June 18, 2018)…Brandon and Jalynne celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary on Nov. 27, 2021 by renewing their vows in Hawaii with friends and family.
Finished his 12th season with SF, appearing in 118 games, his fewest in a full season in his 12-year Major League career...Had an offensive season very similar to his 2019 campaign (.228/.304/.350/.654 in ‘19 and .231/.308/.344/.652 in ‘22)…Saw his hard-hit rate drop from 43.3% in 2021 to 35.1% in 2022...his .217 xBA this year was in the bottom 9% of the league...Was the only player on the roster to start at least 100 games at one position...Defensively, he committed 16 errors in 116 games after committing 17 in 188 games combined from 2020-2021...Had a +6 DRS in 2021 but was -6 in 2022...Had two trips to the IL (June 26-July 5 and July 16-August 6), both dealing with left knee inflammation from an awkward slide into home plate when the team was in Atlanta in late June...Was the first time in his career he’d had multiple trips to the IL in the same year...had only two prior IL stints in his entire career prior to 2022...Made his 11th Opening Day start, tying Robby Thompson for fourth-most in the SF era…is also one of four Giants in the SF-era to make at least 10-consecutive Opening Day starts...the others are Willie Mays (15 in CF form 1958-72), Barry Bonds (12 in LF from 1993- 2004) and Thompson (11 at 2B from 1986-1996)…Delivered his seventh career walk-off hit and RBI with his 9th-inning single on May 24 that gave SF a 13-12 win over the Mets at Oracle Park...Hit the fifth grand slam of his career on June 3 at Miami off Louis Head...Delivered another walk-off hit, this time a walk-off homer on Aug. 16 vs. Arizona...at 35 years & 207 days old, he became the oldest Giants player with a walk-off HR since a 40-year, 85-day old Moises Alou on Sept. 26, 2006, also against the Diamondbacks...Crawford’s nine walk-off RBI are tied for eighth-most in SF-era...Was ejected for the third time in his career on Aug. 31 vs. San Diego after arguing a checked swing call with third base umpire Ryan Blakney.
Turned in the best overall year of his career, hitting a career-best .298 while setting career-highs in runs scored, home runs, RBI, OBP (.373), SLG (.522), OPS (.895), wRC+ (139) and Fangraphs WAR (5.5)...Ranked among the NL leaders in average (.298, 9th), OBP (.373, 9th), SLG (.522, 12th) and OPS (.895, 13th)...Led the team with 21 go-ahead RBI and was second on the club in game-winning RBI (12) behind LaMonte Wade Jr...the 12 game-winning RBI were tied for 11th-most in the NL...Hit .344 (87x253) with 18 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 39 RBI and a .933 OPS from July 1 through the end of the season...his .344 average after July 1 was the best in the Majors (min. 200 PA)...Batted a blistering .353 with RISP, fourth-best in the Majors among qualified players...also hit .327 with RISP and two outs...30 of his 90 RBI either gave the Giants the lead or tied the game...the 30 such RBI were seventh-most in the National League...14 of Crawford’s career-best 24 homers (58.3%) either gave the Giants a lead or tied the game (nine go-ahead, five game-tying)...Passed Hall of Famer Travis Jackson for the most games played by a shortstop in Giants history (1,326) when he got the start on June 8 at Texas...Named one of three finalists for NL Comeback Player of the Year by the MLB Players Association...teammate Buster Posey, who won the award, and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto were the other two...Signed a two-year contract extension on Aug. 13 to keep him in a Giants uniform through the 2023 season.
Went 5-for-20 (.250) with two runs, a double, home run and two RBI in five postseason games...His 43 career postseason games are the second-most in Giants history behind Buster Posey (58)...his 35 career postseason hits are now fifth-most in Giants history.
Hit .256 with 26 runs scored, 12 doubles, eight homers and 28 RBI in 54 games...Started 47 games all at shortstop and committed eight errors in 201 total chances...Majority of his starts came against right-handed starters as he was 37-for-141 (.262) against righties...was just 7-for-31 (.226) against left-handed pitchers...Hit the 100th home run of his career on Aug. 20 vs. Los Angeles-AL...Had a six-RBI game on Sept. 1 at Colorado, matching the second-most RBI in his career (also 2015)...Hit his fifth career grand slam (fourth in regular season, one in postseason) Sept. 20 at Oakland.
Spent his ninth season in a Giants uniform and made his eighth Opening Day roster...has made seven consecutive Opening Day starts, the most by a Giants SS since moving to SF in 1958.... His .228 batting average was the lowest of his career for a full season while his .654 OPS was his lowest since 2012 (.653).... Had an 11-game hitting streak from March 30-April 10 during which he hit .316 (12-for-38) with one RBI...marked his longest hit streak since a 12-gamer in 2017.... Recorded his 500th career RBI and became the second Giants shortstop since 1946 to record 500 RBI...Rich Aurilia amassed 574 RBI as a Giants shortstop from 1995-2003 and 2007-2009.... Put SF in front with a two-run, pinch-hit home run on May 5 at Cincinnati...was his second career pinch-hit homer (also: August 13, 2013 vs. Washington off Gio Gonzalez).... On May 20 vs. Atlanta, he broke Braves' RHP Mike Soroka's perfect game with a solo home run to lead off the 6th inning...that homer snapped Soroka's 61.1-inning homerless streak, which had been the longest such streak in the Majors.... Collected his 1,000th career hit with a double on June 28 vs. Arizona off LHP T.J. McFarland.... His 1,055 hits are the second-most by a Giants shortstop in SF-era history, trailing Rich Aurilia (1,226). According to Elias, Crawford is the fifth left-handed hitter in SF-era history with at least 1,000 hits, joining Willie McCovey (1,974), Barry Bonds (1,951), Will Clark (1,278) and J.T. Snow (1,007).... On July 15 at Colorado, he went 5-for-6 with two homers and a career-best eight RBI...his eight RBI matched Orlando Cepeda (July 4, 1961 at CHC) and Willie Mays (April 30, 1961 at MIL) for the most in a game in SF-era history (since 1958)... he became the first Giants player since Willie Mays in 1961 to have at least two home runs and eight RBI in a game...since RBI became official in 1920, Crawford also became the first MLB shortstop to have at least five hits and eight RBI in a game...finally, he was the first MLB player to have those stats since Mark Reynolds, who allowed Crawford's fifth hit.... Homered in the second game of a doubleheader at Colorado on July 15 to become the first Giant to homer in both ends of a doubleheader since Barry Bonds (three) and J.T. Snow (two) did so on August 25, 1999 at Chicago-NL.... Also marked his fourth career multi-HR game and second in 2019.... Totaled nine RBI in that July 15 doubleheader at Colorado, the most by a Giant in one calendar day since April 30, 1944, when Phil Weintraub drove in 11.
Named a National League All-Star for the second time in his career...was the first time in his career he'd been voted in by the fans...Played in 151 games despite battling a right knee injury for most of the season...Hit .412 with nine doubles, four home runs and 21 RBI in 27 games during May, hitting safely in all but four contests...his .412 May batting average led all of MLB while his 42 hits were tied with ATL's Nick Markakis for most in the month...Also ranked second in the NL in OPS (1.064), tied for eighth in RBI (21) and tied for 10th in extra-base hits (13) during May...his .446 OBP in May was secondhighest in the Majors only to LAA's Mike Trout (.480)...Only two other Giants shortstops in the live-ball era put up a higher May OBP (min. 50 PA) than Crawford (Marco Scutaro's .473 OBP in 2013 and Doc Farrell's .448 OBP in 1927) ...Batted .439 from May 1-June 10, the eighth-highest average by a Giants' batter over a 36-game stretch since 1920 (min. 90PA within a single-season span) (Stats, LLC)...Recorded 28 doubles, giving him 198 for his career, 13th-most in the SF Giants era...Had four homers over his final 72 games (250 AB) after having 10 in his first 79 games of the year...Named the Giants' Heart and Hustle award winner by the MLBPAA...Recorded his sixth career four-plus hit game with his four-hit day on June 10 at Washington, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a homer...three of the hits came of WSH's Max Scherzer, including a two-run homer to give SF the lead...Hit his third career walk-off homer with his gameending blast on June 27 vs. Colorado to break a 0-0 tie...marked the first time a Giant hit a walk-off homer to snap a 0-0 tie since Steve Decker on April 21, 1991 vs. Houston...The walk-off homer also marked the first time an NL shortstop hit a walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th inning for a 1-0 win since Ernie Banks did so on August 17, 1960 vs. LAD.
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.