Giants’ Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford among MLB’s biggest surprises


Corrections and clarifications: An earlier version of this story listed the incorrect starting date for K-Zone. It launched on July 1, 2001.

PHOENIX — They are the old guys who symbolized the San Francisco Giants’ glorious past.

They were going to get their tributes and celebrated sendoffs, fans could cheer them for one last time — but then would be tossed aside at the end of the season, ushering in a new era of Giants baseball.

Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford, it turns out, had different ideas.

Posey, 34, is having the best start of his career and was voted as the National League’s starting catcher for the All-Star Game.

Crawford, just two months older, has also had a great first half with 17 home runs and an .865 OPS — just four homers shy of his career-high. He likely will be joining Posey in Denver, and perhaps even face brother-in-law Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees in the Midsummer Classic.


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