Crede attended in Westphalia, Missouri where he led them to district and state championships as a pitcher. Crede was drafted by the White Sox in the 5th round of the 1996 amateur draft and made his debut with the team in 2000. Joe Crede recently signed a one-year contract with the Sox for $4.95 million, successfully avoiding arbitration.
Crede was a member of the White Sox when they won the World Series in 2005, their first championship in 88 years. The highlight of his postseason came in game two of the American League Championship Series when he hit a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning. He hit 2 home runs each in the AL Championship Series and the World Series.
Crede has established himself as one of the best fielding third basemen in Major League Baseball. Though he has not won a Gold Glove award, he is generally considered an excellent fielder, and he has a .964 fielding percentage, high for a third baseman.
Offensively, Crede has been less consistent. Though his home run totals have increased every year since he joined the majors, his career batting average is only .262. He completed the 2006 season batting .283 and had career highs with 30 HR and 94 RBI. He also won the 2006 Silver Slugger Award for third base. He was selected as partr of a backlash against Alex Rodriguez, despite A-Rod's clearly superior numbers because of A-Rod's controversies and his lack of clutch hitting (despite obviously better statistics across the board).