For Brandon Crawford though, it's been less a leap and more a painless makeover.
So much so that Giants manager Bruce Bochy had him there against the Oakland A's on Saturday for the third consecutive game. Crawford was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs against St. Louis on Thursday, and 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Friday's Interleague series opener.
Bochy likes Crawford's new look, for a couple of reasons.
"It's to have him get some better pitches," Bochy said. "And the eight-hole is a tough place to hit in the National League, the way they pitch. Also, I think he's earned it a little bit. His at-bats have gotten a little better, and we're searching for that two-hole hitter. He's a guy that can pull the ball. I think I'm going to stay with that."
Crawford had batted eighth in 20 of the Giants' previous games, in which they went 10-10.