Robert Edward Crosby (born January 12, 1980) is a former infielder in Major League Baseball. The son of former major league infielder Ed Crosby, he batted and threw right-handed. He was Rookie of the Year in 2004.
Crosby with the Oakland Athletics
|Born: January 12, 1980
|September 2, 2003, for the Oakland Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 21, 2010, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Runs batted in||276|
|Career highlights and awards|
In 1998, Bobby Crosby was selected by the Anaheim Angels in the thirty-fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Crosby chose not to sign with the Angels, however, opting instead to play college baseball for California State University, Long Beach.
In 2004, his first full MLB season, he took over the Athletics' shortstop duties from 2002 American League Most Valuable Player Miguel Tejada, who signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent. That year, Crosby hit .239 with 22 home runs and 64 RBIs. He also led American League rookies in hits (130), doubles (34) and walks (58). These numbers earned Crosby Rookie of the Year honors, the sixth Athletics player to do so after Harry Byrd (1952), José Canseco (1986), Mark McGwire (1987), Walt Weiss (1988), and Ben Grieve (1998).
In addition to becoming the sixth Athletics player to be named Rookie of the Year, he was the second shortstop in a row to win the award (after Ángel Berroa of the Kansas City Royals). He was also the eighth shortstop in 22 seasons to earn top rookie honors, the others being Cal Ripken, Jr. (1982), Ozzie Guillén (1985), Walt Weiss (1988), Pat Listach (1992), Derek Jeter (1996), Nomar Garciaparra (1997), and Berroa (2003).
Crosby was just a vote shy of being a unanimous pick, despite his batting average being the lowest ever for a Rookie of the Year. He also struck out 141 times, fourth-most in the AL, and the team's most since Canseco had 152 in 1991.
Crosby and the Oakland Athletics agreed to a five-year, $12.75 million contract on April 22, 2005.
Due to the signing of free agent shortstop Orlando Cabrera prior to the 2009 season, Crosby was moved into a utility infielder role. However, with injuries to everyday second baseman Mark Ellis, third baseman Eric Chavez and infielder Nomar Garciaparra (another free agent signing), Crosby was expected to see significant starting roles at third base, as well as at second base.
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed Crosby as a free agent on December 9, 2009. He appeared in 61 games, with a batting average of .224. The Pirates traded Crosby, D. J. Carrasco and Ryan Church to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Chris Snyder and Pedro Ciriaco on July 31, 2010.
Crosby appeared in only nine games for the Diamondbacks, batting just .167, and was released on August 24, 2010.
On January 22, 2013, Crosby signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, although after again hitting very poorly in Spring Training and not showing any improvement, the Brewers released him.
His younger brother, Blake Crosby, played college baseball at Sacramento State. Blake was drafted by the Athletics in the 42nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft and is currently serving as a Regional Crosschecker for the Toronto Blue Jays in Chandler, Arizona. Blake was the 2012 Al LaMacchia "Scout of the Year" award winner for the Toronto Blue Jays Organization. Their older brother, Brian Crosby, is an artist for Walt Disney Imagineering.
|AL Rookie of the Month
|Players Choice AL Most Outstanding Rookie