Carl Crawford

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Carl Crawford
Carl Crawford on April 21, 2013.jpg
Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 3
Born: (1981-08-05) August 5, 1981 (age 32)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
July 20, 2002 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Career statistics
(through March 30, 2014)
Batting average .292
Hits 1,766
Home runs 124
Runs batted in 699
Stolen bases 447
Career highlights and awards
Carl Crawford
Medal record
Men’s baseball
Competitor for  United States
Baseball World Cup
Silver 2001 Taipei National team

Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5, 1981), nicknamed "The Perfect Storm",[1][2] is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He bats and throws left-handed.

Crawford was drafted by the Devil Rays in the second round (52nd overall) of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. He made his major league debut in 2002. Crawford has more triples (116)[3] than any other active baseball player.

Early life[edit]

Crawford is a native of the Fifth Ward area of Houston. He participated in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program and attended Jefferson Davis High School in Houston, Texas,[4][5] and was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. As a child, he was on the same little league team as Michael Bourn, who would become a star for the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves.[6] In high school baseball, he batted .638 as a senior. In the summer of his junior year in high school Crawford played for the Pasadena Stars select baseball team. It was here that Carl gained his first real exposure to Major League Baseball scouts. So intent on capitalizing on this exposure, Carl bypassed basketball his senior year to concentrate on baseball as soon as football season was over. Crawford was offered scholarships to play basketball as a point guard at UCLA.[7] He also had an option to play college football as an option quarterback at Nebraska,[7] 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.[7]

Professional career[edit]

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

Minor leagues[edit]

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.[8]

Major leagues[edit]

Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays (2002–10)[edit]


Crawford made his Major League debut at the young age of 20 on July 20, 2002 against the Toronto Blue Jays. His first hit was in that game, a two RBI single off Steve Parris. He hit his first home run on August 10 off Shawn Sedlacek of the Kansas City Royals. He played in 63 games for the Devil Rays in 2002, batting .259 with 9 stolen bases.

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.[9]

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).

Crawford going back to the dugout in 2006

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.[10] He won a Fielding Bible Award for his defensive excellence in left field during the season.[11]


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 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 hit a walk-off home run, ending his drought. This kicked off a run of four homers in ten games.[12] In August, named Crawford the Devil Rays' "Face of the Franchise".[13]

On April 11, 2008, Crawford accumulated his 1,000th hit, making him the eighth player to hit 1,000 and steal 250 bases before turning 27.[14] 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.[15]

In 2008, he had surgery to fix the tendon of the middle finger of his right hand.[16][17]

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.[18][19][20] 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 by Rockies outfielder Brad Hawpe.[21]

In 2009 he had the best range factor of all starting major league left fielders (2.34).[22] He won his second consecutive Fielding Bible Award and third overall at left field.[23]

On July 31, 2010, Crawford reached 400 stolen bases. He is the 7th player in history to reach that mark before his 29th birthday.[24]

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.[25]

The Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted Crawford the Most Valuable Player for the Rays in 2010.[26] Following the conclusion of the season, Crawford was given the Gold Glove Award, as well as the Silver Slugger Award.[27][28]

Boston Red Sox (2011–12)[edit]

Crawford during his tenure with the Boston Red Sox in 2011

On December 8, 2010, Crawford signed a 7-year, $142-million contract with the Boston Red Sox.[7][29] Crawford struggled to begin the 2011 season, batting .137 and stealing only 2 bases in his first 12 games.[30] 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.

For the 2011 season, he batted .255 with an on-base percentage of .289.[31] Through 2011, he had the third-best career fielding percentage (.990) among all active major league left fielders, behind Ryan Braun and Reed Johnson.[32]

Crawford injured his left wrist in January 2012.[33] He had wrist surgery to repair cartilage damage,[16] but had discomfort in his elbow and was told he had a sprained ligament.

He began the 2012 season on the 60-day disabled list. He had a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Pawtucket to recover from both injuries.[34]

Crawford made his 2012 regular season debut on July 16, 2012, against the Chicago White Sox, and batted 2nd. [35]

On August 23, 2012, Crawford underwent season-ending reconstructive Tommy John surgery to repair a chronic ulnar collateral tear in his left elbow.[33][36][37] For 2012, he batted .282/.306/.479 in 117 at bats.[38]

Los Angeles Dodgers (2012–present)[edit]

On August 25, 2012, he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers (along with Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez, Nick Punto, and $11 million in cash) for James Loney, Iván DeJesús, Jr., Allen Webster, and two players to be named later (Jerry Sands and Rubby De La Rosa).[39] Despite initial concerns that his injury would keep him out for the first part of the 2013 season as well, Crawford made his Dodger debut as the starting left fielder and lead off hitter on Opening Day 2013.[40]

In 2013 with the Dodgers, missing almost one full month with a hamstring injury, he played in 116 games and hit .283/.329/.407 with 6 homers, 31 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.[38]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]


Crawford's cousin, J. P. Crawford, also plays baseball.[43] He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB draft, 16th overall.

In December 2013, Crawford announced his engagement to Evelyn Lozada with whom he has a son.[44][45]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Carl Crawford Statistics and History". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Carl Crawford And The Red Sox: The Perfect Storm – Baseball Nation". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Career Leaders &amp Records for Triples". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Houston's RBI program gives kids opportunities – Houston Chronicle". July 24, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ Lauber, Scott. "Deep in the heart of Carl Crawford." Boston Herald. Friday January 7, 2011. Retrieved on January 13, 2011.
  6. ^ "Childhood friends Bourn, Crawford watch careers take different paths", Retrieved 6/3/2012.
  7. ^ a b c d McCarron, Anthony (December 12, 2010). "Carl Crawford shifts dynamics of rivalry between Red Sox and Yankees in American League East". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Baseball Cube". Baseball Cube. August 5, 1981. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tampa Bay Devil Rays timeline". May 24, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ Chastain, Bill (July 1, 2007). "Crawford selected to AL All-Star squad". Major League Baseball. 
  11. ^ "The 2006 Fielding Bible Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Carl Crawford 2007 Batting Gamelogs". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved September 12, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Face of the Franchise: Tampa Bay Devil Rays". ESPN. August. Retrieved September 7, 2007. 
  14. ^ "Jockbio". Jockbio. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The 2008 Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b Forde, Craig (January 17, 2012). "Wrist surgery for Carl Crawford". Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Boston Red Sox's Carl Crawford has surgery on left wrist". January 17, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Crawford taking theivery to new level: Speedster ties modern-day record with six steals vs. Boston". May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  19. ^ "Rays swipe series from Red Sox: Crawford's six steals bolster Shields' strong effort". May 3, 2009. Retrieved May 11, 2009. 
  20. ^ Box Score: Redsox vs. Rays, 05/03/09
  21. ^ Blum, Ronald (July 14, 2009). "AL All-Star streak extends with 4–3 win". Associated Press. Retrieved July 15, 2009. 
  22. ^ "MLB Player Fielding Stats – As lf – 2009". Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  23. ^ "The 2009 Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 17, 2010. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  24. ^ By Pete Kerzel / Special to (July 20, 2010). "Crawford suffers groin injury vs. Orioles". Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  25. ^ Joseph Smith (July 31, 2010). "Carl Crawford picks up his 400th career steal". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ Joe Smith (September 29, 2010). "Crawford voted Rays Team MVP, Davis tabbed top rookie". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  27. ^ "AL Gold Glove winners named". November 9, 2010. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  28. ^ Marc Topkin (November 11, 2010). "Carl Crawford wins first Silver Slugger Award". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved November 11, 2010. 
  29. ^ Flannery, Paul (December 9, 2010). "Red Sox agree to terms with Carl Crawford". Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  30. ^ "Boston Red Sox sit Carl Crawford; hopes to get back 'focus' – ESPN Boston". April 16, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Carl Crawford Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Active Leaders &amp Records for Fielding % as LF (s.1954)". Baseball-Reference. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  33. ^ a b Dilbeck, Steve (March 18, 2014). "Carl Crawford leaves minor league game with 'minor' shoulder injury". Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Carl Crawford Injury: Red Sox Outfielder Has Sprained Ligament In Elbow". April 26, 2012. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Outfielder Carl Crawford back in lineup for Red Sox". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  36. ^ "Carl Crawford of Boston Red Sox has Tommy John surgery on left elbow". August 23, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  37. ^ "Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford to undergo Tommy John surgery". August 21, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  38. ^ a b "Carl Crawford Statistics and History". Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  39. ^ Axisa, Mike (August 25, 2012). "Red Sox, Dodgers Complete Nine-Player Blockbuster". 
  40. ^ Kevin Baxter (April 1, 2013). "Carl Crawford quickly makes believers of Dodgers". Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays – Recap – May 03, 2009". May 3, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  42. ^ "Tampa Bay Devil Rays". 
  43. ^ Mayo, Jonathan. "High school shortstop J.P. Crawford leads way in Draft for middle infielders | News". Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  44. ^ USA Today |url= missing title (help). 
  45. ^ "Evelyn Lozada Welcomes a Baby Boy". ABC News. March 24, 2014. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 

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Preceded by
Josh Hamilton
American League Player of the Month
June 2008
Succeeded by
Miguel Cabrera