Crawford congratulates Panik on retirement


When news of Joe Panik’s retirement broke Thursday night, Giants fans flooded social media with highlights and images of the team’s former second baseman.

That reaction didn’t surprise shortstop Brandon Crawford.

The four-time Gold Glover played more games with Panik as his Major League double-play partner than with any other second baseman to date. Crawford understands how Panik struck a chord with the fan base when he came up as a rookie and assumed an instrumental role in San Francisco’s 2014 World Series championship run.

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