|Los Angeles Dodgers – No. 3|
August 5, 1981 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|July 20, 2002 for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||698|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Silver||2001 Taipei||National team|
Carl Demonte Crawford (born August 5, 1981), nicknamed "The Perfect Storm", is an American professional baseball outfielder with the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He bats and throws left-handed. Crawford has more triples (116) than any other active baseball player.
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, 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. 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. He also had an option to play college football as an option quarterback at Nebraska, 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.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays/Rays (2002–2010)
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.
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. He won a Fielding Bible Award for his defensive excellence in left field during the season.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
The Tampa Bay chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted Crawford the Most Valuable Player for the Rays in 2010. Following the conclusion of the season, Crawford was given the Gold Glove Award, as well as the Silver Slugger Award.
Boston Red Sox
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. Crawford struggled to begin the 2011 season, batting .137 and stealing only 2 bases in his first 12 games. 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 season, he batted .255 with an on-base percentage of .289.
Crawford injured his wrist on January 2012. He successfully had a wrist surgery, but he was having discomfort on his elbow and was told he had a sprained ligament. He started the 2012 season on the 60-day disabled list . He started rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League, Double-A Portland, and Triple-A Pawtucket to recover from both injuries.
Crawford made his 2012 regular season debut on July 16, 2012, against the Chicago White Sox and batted 2nd. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored as the Red Sox won 5-1.  On August 23, 2012, Crawford underwent a season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Los Angeles Dodgers
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). Despite initial concerns that his injury would keep him out for the first part of the 2013 season as well, Crawford made his Dodgers debut as the starting left fielder and lead off hitter on Opening Day 2013.
In 2013 with the Dodgers, despite missing almost one full month with a hamstring injury, he played in 116 games with the Dodgers and hit .283 with 6 homers, 31 RBI and 15 stolen bases.
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)
- American League Triples Champion (2004), (2005), (2006), (2010)
- All-Star Game MVP (2009)
- MLB modern-era, single-game, stolen-base record: 6 (May 3, 2009)
- 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
Crawford's cousin, J. P. Crawford, also plays baseball. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1st round of the 2013 MLB draft, 16th overall. On December 25, 2013, he and Evelyn Lozada announced their engagement via Instagram.
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- List of Major League Baseball stolen base champions
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