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MLB All-Star Game: Brandon Crawford with Chance to Shine Bright

Jake Mastroianni
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants and the National League stands during the national anthem before the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 16: Brandon Crawford #35 of the San Francisco Giants and the National League stands during the national anthem before the T-Mobile Home Run Derby at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Brandon Crawford is having an MVP-type season for the San Francisco Giants, and he has a chance to prove himself during the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

The San Francisco Giants shortstop will bat eighth in the NL starting lineup for the MLB All-Star Game Tuesday night.

That alone should tell you what most of baseball thinks about the talented shortstop. I know he’s in a lineup with some of the best in the league, but to bat him eighth with the season he’s having shows he’s not on the national scale with others.

Even after being part of two World Series teams and helping the United States win their first World Baseball Classic, Crawford is an underrated player in our game.

This will be his second All-Star appearances, and he’s already won two Gold Glove awards.

But still, he doesn’t receive the national attention that he deserves.

Well, Tuesday night is another great opportunity for him to show the world just how great he is.

Your window is short in an All-Star game, especially when you’re batting eighth. Crawford might only get one at-bat in this game, so he has to take advantage.

But what I really hope people get to see is his defensive genius. If he can get a few opportunities at shortstop early in the game, he can put on a show for the fans.

I know everyone wants to see a player do something offensively, but what makes Crawford so unique is that he’s above average in the field and at the plate.

This year Crawford is hitting .292 at the plate with 10 home runs, 42 runs scored, and 39 RBI. He’s certainly proving that he can get it done at the dish.

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But in his eighth year in the big leagues, and at the age of 31, it’s time the national media and fans start giving Crawford the praise he deserves for an already great career.

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