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Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford

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Position(s):
LF, OF, CF, DH
Nicknames:
The Perfect Storm
Born:
August 5, 1981
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Left
Height:
6' 2"
Weight:
215 lbs
Major League Debut:
7-20-2002 with TBA
Allstar Selections:
2009 AsMVP, 2010 GG, 2010 SS

Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5, 1981, in Houston, Texas) is an American professional baseball outfielder who plays for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He bats and throws left-handed. Crawford has more triples (110) than any other active baseball player.

Early Life
Crawford, a native of the Fifth Ward area of Houston, attended Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Texas,[1] and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In baseball, he batted .638 as a senior. Crawford was offered scholarships to play basketball as a point guard at UCLA.[2] He also had an option to play college football as an option quarterback at Nebraska,[2] USC, Oklahoma, Florida, and Tulsa. He had originally signed a letter of intent to play football for Nebraska but he turned down both offers in favor of a baseball career.[2]

Professional Career
Crawford was drafted by the Devil Rays in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft.

Minor Leagues
In 2002, the Tampa Bay chapter of the BBWAA named Crawford the Devil Rays' Most Outstanding Rookie and he earned International League Rookie of the Year playing for the AAA Durham Bulls.

Major Leagues
Boston Red Sox (2011)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays (2002–2010)

Crawford entered the major leagues at the young age of 20 and played in 63 games for the Devil Rays in 2002, batting .259 with 9 stolen bases. As of the 2009 season, he was the longest tenured member of the team.

In 2003, he played nearly every day, batting .281 with 54 RBI and led the league with 55 steals. Along with Juan Pierre, Crawford was co-winner of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum James "Cool Papa" Bell Legacy Award for 2003.

In 2004, Crawford stole 59 bases, again leading the league and posting the second-highest total in the majors that season. He batted .296 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs. Crawford also hit a league-leading 19 triples. He was selected for the All Star Game, played in his hometown of Houston, and was named Devil Rays team MVP in 2004 by the BBWAA.

Crawford batted .301 in 2005, becoming just the third .300 hitter in Devil Rays history, joining Aubrey Huff (.311 in 2003) and Fred McGriff (.310 in 1999). Crawford also posted career highs in hits (194), home runs (15), and RBI (81). He again led the league with 15 triples and placed third in steals (46).

On July 5, 2006 against the Boston Red Sox, Crawford became only the eighth player in history to get 200 stolen bases before his 25th birthday. Crawford finished the season with career highs in batting average (.305) and home runs (18), joining Hall-of-Famer Rogers Hornsby as the only players in Major League history to increase their batting average and home run totals every year for five straight years.[3] He won a Fielding Bible Award for his defensive excellence in left field during the season.[4]

Crawford was named an All-Star for the second time in 2007, becoming the first Devil Ray to receive the honor more than once. He homered in the 6th inning of the All-Star Game, on a 3–2 pitch from Francisco Cordero of the Milwaukee Brewers.

In the second half of the season, Crawford had a sore right wrist which had been bothering him for some time, and he did not hit a home run for a period of 42 days. Prior to a game against the Toronto Blue Jays, he had an MRI and was listed as doubtful to play because of the wrist. However, he pinch hit as the game went into extra innings and promptly hit a walk-off home run, ending his drought. This kicked off a run of four homers in ten games.[5]

In August, ESPN.com named Crawford the Devil Rays' "Face of the Franchise".[6]

On April 11, 2008, Crawford accumulated his 1000th hit, making him only the eighth player to hit 1000 and steal 250 bases before turning 27. In game four of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox, Crawford tied an ALCS record with five hits in one game, going 5–5 and stealing two bases. After the season, he won his second Fielding Bible Award.[7]

On May 3, 2009, Carl Crawford tied a modern era record by stealing six bases in a game against the Boston Red Sox, part of a team-record eight total stolen bases.[8][9][10] On July 14, 2009, Crawford represented Tampa Bay in the 2009 All Star Game, where he was named MVP for a leaping catch at the top of the 8-foot outfield wall to prevent a possible go-ahead home run from Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe.[11]

In 2009 he had the best range factor of all starting major league left fielders (2.34).[12] He won his second consecutive Fielding Bible Award and third overall at left field.[13]

On July 31, 2010, Crawford reached 400 stolen bases. He is only the 7th player in history to reach that mark before his 29th birthday.[14]

On August 17, 2010, Crawford hit the 100th triple of his career, joining Ty Cobb as the only major league players to hit 100 triples and steal 400 bases before the age of 30.[citation needed]

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted Crawford the Most Valuable Player for the Rays in 2010.[15] Following the conclusion of the season, Crawford was given the Gold Glove Award, as well as the Silver Slugger Award.[16][17]

On December 8, 2010, Crawford signed a 7-year, $142-million contract with the Boston Red Sox. His signing came two days after Adrian Gonzalez was traded to Boston.[2][18] Crawford struggled to begin the 2011 season, batting .137 and stealing only 2 bases in his first 12 games.[19] On May 3, he hit his 1,500th career hit, a single against Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Angels in the 3rd inning, becoming the 588th player with 1,500 or more career hits.

Awards and Accomplishments
    * American League All-Star (2004, 2006, 2009, 2010)
    * Gold Glove Award (2010)
    * Silver Slugger Award (2010)
    * Fielding Bible Award (2006, 2008, 2009)
    * American League Stolen Base Champion (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
    * All-Star Game MVP (2009)
    * MLB modern-era, single-game, stolen-base record: 6 (May 3, 2009)[20]
    * International League Rookie of the Year (2002)
    * Negro Leagues Baseball Museum "Cool Papa Bell Legacy Award" (2003)
    * Tampa Bay Chapter/BBWAA Devil Rays Most Valuable Player (2004, 2010)
    * Tampa Bay Chapter/BBWAA Devil Rays Most Outstanding Rookie (2002)
    * Rays single-season runs record: 110 (2010)
    * Rays single-season triples record: 19 (2004)
    * Rays single-season stolen base record: 60 (2009)
    * Rays' all-time leader in at bats, plate appearances, RBIs, runs scored, hits, doubles, triples, strikeouts, stolen bases, and singles.
    * Named the Rays' "Face of the Franchise" by ESPN[21]

References
   1. Lauber, Scott. "Deep in the heart of Carl Crawford." Boston Herald. Friday January 7, 2011. Retrieved on January 13, 2011.
   2. McCarron, Anthony (December 12, 2010). "Carl Crawford shifts dynamics of rivalry between Red Sox and Yankees in American League East". New York Daily News. http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/2010/12/12/2010-12-12_carl_crawford_shifts_dynamics_of_rivalry_between_red_sox_and_yankees_in_american.html. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
   3. Chastain, Bill (July 1, 2007). "Crawford selected to AL All-Star squad". Major League Baseball. http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070701&content_id=2059851&vkey=allstar2007&fext=.jsp.
   4. "The 2006 Fielding Bible Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 17, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5uJezKBUY. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
   5. "Carl Crawford 2007 Batting Gamelogs". Baseball-Reference. http://www.baseball-reference.com/pi/gl.cgi?n1=crawfca02&t=b&year=2007. Retrieved September 12, 2007.
   6. "Face of the Franchise: Tampa Bay Devil Rays". ESPN. August. http://proxy.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/face/mlb/team?team=tam. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
   7. "The 2008 Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 17, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5uJeZTJR2. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
   8. "Crawford taking theivery to new level: Speedster ties modern-day record with six steals vs. Boston". MLB.com. May 3, 2009. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090503&content_id=4548818&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
   9. "Rays swipe series from Red Sox: Crawford's six steals bolster Shields' strong effort". MLB.com. May 3, 2009. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090503&content_id=4539326&vkey=recap&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb. Retrieved May 11, 2009.
  10. Box Score: Redsox vs. Rays, 05/03/09
  11. Blum, Ronald (July 14, 2009). "AL All-Star streak extends with 4–3 win". Associated Press. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iLCXHkhWRqeYpRdtvJDjYCkhPImgD99EKPP01. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
  12. "MLB Player Fielding Stats – As lf – 2009," ESPN, accessed October 6, 2009
  13. "The 2009 Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 17, 2010. http://www.webcitation.org/5uJeEeHu4. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  14. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100720&content_id=12434782&vkey=news_tb&fext=.jsp&c_id=tb
  15. Joe Smith (September 29, 2010). "Crawford voted Rays Team MVP, Davis tabbed top rookie". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/rays/content/crawford-voted-rays-team-mvp-davis-tabbed-top-rookie. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  16. "AL Gold Glove winners named". ESPN.com. November 9, 2010. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5784846. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  17. Marc Topkin (November 11, 2010). "Carl Crawford wins first Silver Slugger Award". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.tampabay.com/sports/baseball/rays/tampa-bay-rays-evan-longoria-carl-crawford-have-shot-at-silver-slugger/1133675. Retrieved November 11, 2010.
  18. http://fullcount.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/2010/12/08/report-red-sox-sign-carl-crawford/
  19. http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb/news/story?id=6368779
  20. http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=290503130
  21. http://sports.espn.go.com/chat/sportsnation/face/mlb/team?team=tam

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