#10 Most Thankful: Brandon Crawford

By Melissa Felkins

Aug 24, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants infielder Brandon Crawford (35) fields the ball before throwing to first for the out against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth inning at AT

It’s officially Thanksgiving time and we thought we’d kick off the holiday weekend by showing our gratitude for the Giants. The Giants have given us a lot to be thankful for over the past few seasons.  Over the weekend we’ll share our favorite 10  Giants and possibly some honorable mentions. So for all the times we whine and complain about the state of our team, let’s take some time to be thankful this offseason.

See the full list here: Top 10 Giants Most Thankful For This Year

Brandon Crawford

Let’s face it, Crawford isn’t the best hitter on the team, but hitting isn’t always everything. He is, however, one of the best defenders. Crawford has the potential to be one of the great shortstops in baseball. His nickname became the “professor” because of his ability to snag impossible balls, automatically, with ease. Now, I know you’re going to bring up his 15 errors this season, and 18 the season before. You have to remember this: Crawford is still a young player. He plays with a lot of umph and makes amazing plays most shortstops wouldn’t make. With that will come making some mistakes: overthrowing the ball, making a throw when he shouldn’t,  or diving for a ball that he’d be better off letting another player get. Besides, did you know that Ozzie Smith, arguably one of the best of all time, averaged over 20 errors for each of his first three seasons? I’d say that for every error Crawford has earned, he’s probably also recorded an out from an amazing play that most shortstops wouldn’t have made. So, there is that.

Trust me, I think next season we’ll see a lot less errors from Crawford. Hopefully we’ll see some improvement with the bat as well. I think with some slightly better hitting and maturity, he’ll be one of the best in the game before we know it! Check out this “clinic” of trick plays he put on during practice when he was in AA ball.