Joe Crede
Crede with the Minnesota Twins
Third baseman
Born: (1978-04-26) April 26, 1978 (age 45)
Jefferson City, Missouri, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 12, 2000, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
September 13, 2009, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
Batting average.254
Home runs140
Runs batted in470
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Joseph Taylor Crede (pronounced CREE-dee, born April 26, 1978) is an American former professional baseball third baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for the Chicago White Sox (2000–2008) and the Minnesota Twins (2009). Crede was drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 1996 MLB draft and made his debut with the team in 2000.[1][2]

Crede was a member of the White Sox when they won the World Series in 2005, marking their first championship in 88 years.

Professional career

Chicago White Sox

Crede with the Chicago White Sox on April 17, 2008

Crede made his major league debut on September 12, 2000 against the Detroit Tigers, entering as a defensive replacement at third base and flying out in his first at-bat.[3] He split 2001 and 2002 between the majors and minors before playing in his first full season in 2003.[4] In 2005, Crede batted .252 with 22 home runs and 62 RBI in 132 games.[4] He also was a clutch performer in the playoffs, hitting several game winning hits during the White Sox World Series run. In 2006, he broke out with a career-high 30 home runs, 92 RBI and a .283 average in 150 games, winning the Silver Slugger Award for third base.[4] In 2007, Crede was limited to 47 games due to injury, and finished the season batting just .216 with four home runs and 22 RBI.[4]

On January 18, 2008, Crede agreed to a one-year, $5.1 million contract with the White Sox, avoiding arbitration.[5] In 2008, Crede hit a grand slam on Opening Day against the Twins.[6] After starting the season batting .256 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI, Crede made the 2008 MLB All-Star Game as a reserve.[7] However, he was injured for most of the second half, and finished the season hitting .248 with 17 home runs and 55 RBI in 97 games.[4] Both his 2007 and 2008 seasons had been cut short by back injuries.[8] On October 30, 2008, Crede elected free agency.[8]

Minnesota Twins

On February 21, 2009, Crede signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Minnesota Twins that included incentives that could make the deal up to $7 million.[9] In his one season with the Twins, Crede had a .225 batting average and recorded 15 home runs and 48 RBI in 90 games.[4] On September 20, Crede announced he would undergo a third season-ending back surgery.[10]

Colorado Rockies

Crede signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Colorado Rockies after a one-year absence from baseball.[11] He became a free agent on February 17, 2011, when he decided not to show up for spring training.[12] Crede then retired.[13]

Personal life

On October 22, 2005, the same day as the due date of his second daughter, Lucy, Crede hit his first World Series home run. On November 6, 2005, Crede was honored by his hometown of Westphalia, Missouri, with "Joe Crede Day," where he was presented the key to the city.[2] In February 2006, Crede's high school, Fatima High School in Westphalia, Missouri, retired his jersey.[2] Joe's older brother, Brad, won a high school baseball state championship with Fatima High School in '92, and an NCAA Division II National Championship with CMSU in '94.[citation needed]

He was drafted by the Orioles after high school in the 44th round (1,220th overall) of the 1992 MLB draft, but chose to play in college first.[14] He was drafted again after college by the Phillies in the 19th round (556th overall) of the 1996 MLB draft, the same day Joe was drafted.[15]

Crede and his wife Lisa have two daughters, Anna and Lucy, and one son, Jace. He lives in mid-Missouri, and is a season-ticket holder for Missouri Tigers basketball.

Teammate Aaron Rowand praised Crede's ability to deliver in big moments. “There’s nobody better than that guy in the clutch,” Rowand told reporters. “He’s done it over and over and over again. It’s not the first time, and it definitely won’t be the last time.”[16]

References

  1. ^ "5th Round of the 1996 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography and Career Highlights: Joe Crede". Chicago White Sox. MLB.com. Archived from the original on June 28, 2008. Retrieved July 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox Box Score, September 12, 2000". Baseball-Reference.com. September 12, 2000. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Joe Crede Stats, Height, Weight, Position, Rookie Status & More". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  5. ^ "White Sox and Joe Crede agree to terms on one-year contract". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. January 18, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  6. ^ "White Sox build off sweep, top Twins for fifth straight win". ESPN. Associated Press. April 7, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  7. ^ Bans, Willie (July 14, 2008). "Crede, Quentin realizing dreams". Chicago White Sox. MLB.com. Archived from the original on July 17, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  8. ^ a b Merkin, Scott (October 30, 2008). "Crede, Uribe file for free agency". Chicago White Sox. MLB.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2008. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  9. ^ "Joe Crede, Minnesota Twins agree to one-year deal". ESPN. February 21, 2009. Retrieved February 21, 2009.
  10. ^ "Minnesota Twins' Joe Crede to have third back surgery". ESPN. Associated Press. September 20, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2009.
  11. ^ Harding, Thomas (January 19, 2011). "Joe Crede signs Minor League contract with Rockies". Colorado Rockies. MLB.com. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Armstrong, Jim (February 17, 2011). "RHP John Maine signs with Rockies; Joe Crede a no-show at camp". Denver Post. Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2011.
  13. ^ Pouliot, Matthew (September 14, 2011). "Joe Crede knows his career is done, wishes the pain was". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  14. ^ "44th Round of the 1992 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  15. ^ "19th Round of the 1996 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 25, 2022.
  16. ^ Kernan, Kevin (October 22, 2005). "Rock of the Chi-Sox; Rowand Goes All-Out in CF". New York Post. Retrieved March 9, 2021.