Carl Demonte Crawford…has three children, sons, Justin and Carl Leo, and daughter, Ari...his brother, Cory, was a wide receiver at Sam Houston State University in 2004-05 and his uncle, Jack Crawford, played in the minors for the Angels…grew up just minutes from the future site of Houston's Minute Maid Park in what is known as the Fifth Ward neighborhood…was a Little League teammate of outfielder Michael Bourn…featured on milk cartons as a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation's support of the School Fuel breakfast program with the Los Angeles Unified School District…participated in the Dodgers' 2014 Community Caravan and FanFest... is a two-time recipient of the Paul C. Smith Champion Award (2006, 2010), given by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA for true professionalism on and off the field…in 2010, sponsored Carl's Crew Kids Club, a group from community centers in South St. Petersburg, FL…on July 29, 2009, teamed with CC Sabathia to host an event at Tropicana Field, "Catching up with Carl Crawford," which involved several hundred youth and was designed to encourage African-American kids to be involved with the sport of baseball…started the Carl Crawford Youth Sports Foundation in Houston in 2007 with childhood coach Kerry Hardy, which sponsors youth teams from the Houston area…was active with the Rays Baseball Foundation during his time with the organization and he lent his support to help improve the West Tampa Little League Fields in 2007…originally selected by Tampa Bay in the second round of the 1999 First-Year Player Draft.
In his third season with the Dodgers, batted .265 with 10 steals, four homers and 16 RBI in 69 games. ... Stole double-digit bases for the 12th time in 14 big league seasons…was successful on 10 of 12 stolen base attempts. ... Did not commit an error in 346.2 innings over 51 games (42 starts) in left field. ... Hit .333 (10-for-30) in close and late situations. ... Posted a .329/.378/.474 slashline in 31 home games, but batted just .219 (23-for-105) in 38 road games…has a .304 career batting average in 137 games at Dodger Stadium. ... Had the 10th-best batting average with two strikes in the NL (min. 100 PA), batting .247 (23-for-93) with seven walks. ... Hit .296 (8-for-27) in limited action against left-handed pitchers. ... Placed on the DL from June 1-July 21 with a strained right oblique.
Finished the year with a .300 batting average and 23 stolen bases in 105 games with the Dodgers, the sixth season of his career with an average of .300 or better and ninth-career season with 20 or more steals...Hit .321 against lefties (18-for-56), the ninth-best mark by a left-handed hitter in the Majors...Posted excellent numbers in clutch situations with a .302 batting average with runners on base (45-for-149) and a .313 mark (25-for-80) with runners in scoring position...Ranked 12th in the NL with 23 stolen bases and was successful on 79.3% of his attempts (23-of-29, 12th NL)...Batted .329 (52-for-158) in 52 home games, the ninth-best mark in the NL (min. 150 AB)…also posted a .378 on-base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage at Dodger Stadium...Finished the season on a tear, batting .403 (56-for-139) in his final 44 games from Aug. 4 to the conclusion of the season…was batting .230 following the game on Aug. 3…in 22 September games, led the league (min. 50 PA) in batting average (.448, 30-for-67) and slugging percentage (.716)...Went 4-for-4 with three doubles in the Dodgers' Sept. 10 win vs. San Diego, tying a career high for doubles and also tying a Dodger single-game doubles record (48th time)...Doubled into left field in the 10th inning on April 8 vs. Detroit for his 10th career walk-off hit...Batted .294 (5-for-17) with a double and an RBI in four postseason games…established a Dodger franchise record with an 11-game postseason hitting streak from Oct. 3, 2013-Oct. 3, 2014, batting .326 (15- for-46) with two doubles, four homers and seven RBI during the run...Placed on the DL May 28-July 10 with a sprained left ankle
Appeared in 116 games in his first full season with Los Angeles, batting .283 with six homers, 30 doubles and 15 stolen bases... Played well after the All-Star break, batting .292 (66-for-226) with 18 RBI in 57 games... Clubbed five homers in the club's first 29 games, batting .308 (33-for-107) over that span... Recorded his sixth career multi-homer regular-season game on April 28 in a win over the Brewers at Dodger Stadium…was his first multi-homer performance since July 8, 2010 vs. Cleveland as a member of the Red Sox... Recorded 12 games with three or more hits, which tied for the 14th most in the NL Batted .289 with runners in scoring position (26-for-90) and excelled with runners in scoring position and two outs, batting .321 (17-for-53)... Performed well at Dodger Stadium, posting a .295 (56-for-190) mark with five of his six home runs coming at home... Appeared in 107 games (96 GS) in the outfield and posted the highest zone rating (.924) of his 12-year career... Reached the 30-doubles plateau for the fourth time in his career and first time since 2010 (2005, 2007 and 2010)... Recorded a season-high four hits in a 13-4 win at St. Louis on Aug. 7…was the 34th such game of his career... Tied a career-high with three walks on April 21 at Baltimore... Was placed on the 15-day disabled list from June 2-July 5 with a strained left hamstring... Appeared in all 10 of the Dodgers' postseason games during the NLDS vs. Atlanta and the NLCS vs. St. Louis, posting a .310 (13-for-42) batting average with four home runs, a double, six RBI and a stolen base... His four postseason homers tied him with Steve Garvey (1978), Pedro Guerrero (1981), Manny Ramirez (2008) and Duke Snider (1952, 1955) for the second-most homers by a Dodger in a single postseason behind only Davey Lopes' five in 1978... Posted just the ninth postseason multi-homer game by a Dodger with two homers in Game 4 of the NLDS, the club's series-clinching win, and blasted three home runs during the four-game series…his leadoff homer in Game 4 was just the second in franchise postseason history (Davey Lopes, G6, 1978 WS).
Batted .282 with 15 extra-base hits, 23 runs scored and 19 RBI in 31 games in an injury-shortened season with Boston. Acquired by Los Angeles on Aug. 25 as part of a nine-player trade, the largest in Dodger history...traded to Los Angeles with RHP Josh Beckett, 1B Adrian Gonzalez and IF Nick Punto in exchange for 1B James Loney, IF Ivan De Jesus, RHP Allen Webster and two players to be named later (IF/OF Jerry Sands and RHP Rubby De La Rosa). Underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Aug. 23 by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, FL. Appeared in 31 games for the Red Sox from July 16-Aug. 19 after rehabbing from left wrist surgery performed by Dr. Donald Sheridan in Scottsdale, AZ on Jan. 17...led the Red Sox in runs scored (23), doubles (10) and triples (2) during that span. Batted .296 (8-for-27) with runners in scoring position...averaged an RBI every 6.16 at-bats. Stroked two triples and continues to lead all active players with 114 triples. Was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts. Hit .307 (22-for-72) with 10 doubles, two homers and 15 RBI in 18 August games.
Appeared in 130 games in his 1st season with Boston, posting career-lows in AVG (.255) and OBP (.289)...His 65 runs, 7 triples and 18 stolen bases were all his fewest since his 2002 rookie season with Tampa Bay.Made 127 appearances in left field (126 starts) and ranked 4th in the AL with 1,098.1 innings at the position...Was 3rd among qualifying AL left fielders with a .987 fielding percentage (4 E/305 TC).Tied for 8th in the AL and led the team with 7 triples, most by a Red Sox left fielder (min. 100 games at the position) since Troy O'Leary in 1998 (8)...His 18 stolen bases were the most by a Red Sox with at least 100 games at the position since Tommy Harper in 1973 (54).Was his 7th season with double-digit homers and stolen bases, his 3rd in a row.Hit .284 (97-for-342) with 8 homers against right-handers and .195 (22-for-164) with 3 long balls vs. lefties.Started 72 of Boston's wins and batted .296 (85-for-287) in those contests.Ranked 4th in the AL with a .500 AVG (15-for-30) in 1-0 counts, tallying 4 doubles, 3 triples and a homer in those instances.Batted leadoff (7 G), 2nd (10), 3rd (2), 5th (1), 6th (38), 7th (34) and 8th (28) in the lineup...Prior to 4/8, had not hit leadoff since 4/10/07...Batted .315 (40-for-127) with 6 homers out of the 7-hole.Tallied a season-high 4 hits on 4 occasions, tied for 2nd most in the AL...Strung together back-to-back 4-hit games for the 1st time in his career on 5/25 at CLE and 5/26 at DET...Was just the 2nd Red Sox since 1990 with back-to-back 4-hit efforts (also Dustin Pedroia, 8/29-30/08) and the 1st Red Sox to do it in back-to-back days on the road since Sammy White on 8/14-15/59 at NYY.Collected his 1,500th career hit with a 3rd-inning single 5/3 vs. LAA.Hit safely in 21 of 29 May tilts at .304 (34-for-112), including a season-high 11-game hitting streak from 5/1-11 over which he hit .356 (16-for-45) with 3 doubles and a triple...Posted his best monthly marks of the season in AVG, runs (19), hits (34), triples (3) and RBI (15).Provided walk-off hits twice in 1 homestand, with a game-ending, 9th-inning RBI single in a 3-2 win over SEA on 5/1 and a game-ending RBI double in the 11th inning for a 2-1 win over MIN on 5/9, also his 600th career RBI...Was the 1st Red Sox with a pair of walk-off RBI in a homestand since David Ortiz did so on 2 different homestands in 2006...Connected for a 3rd walk-off hit with an RBI single on 5/19 for a 4-3 win over DET...Became just the 2nd Red Sox since 1950 with 3 walk-off RBI in any single month of a season, joining David Ortiz (3 in June 2006).Walked and scored on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double for Boston's only run in the 8th inning of a 1-0 win vs. DET on 5/18.Named AL Player of the Week for 5/23-29, hitting .423 (11-for-26) with 7 extra-base hits (2 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR), 8 RBI and 9 runs in that time, including 2, 4-hit tilts.Singled, doubled twice and homered on 5/25, his 2nd career tilt with 3 or more extra-base hits and a homer.Tripled twice on 5/26 at DET, becoming the 1st Red Sox with 2 triples in a game since Jacoby Ellsbury on 6/23/09 at WSH (G2).Was placed on the 15-day DL with a left hamstring strain on 6/18...Played in left field in 2 rehab tilts for Triple-A Pawtucket, going 1-for-5 with an RBI, run scored and walk.Had hits in 7 straight plate appearances from final 2 PA on 8/5 through 1st PA on 8/7.Hit his 4th career grand slam on 9/3 vs. TEX, his 1st since 6/2/10 at TOR while with TB...Had 2 games with 4 or more RBI, both against TEX...Along with 4 RBI on 9/3, drove in a season-high 5 runs on 8/24 at TEX.Hit safely in 9 of his last 11 tilts beginning 9/16, batting .318 (14-for-44) with 4 doubles and 2 triples in that time...Drove in 18 runs over his last 33 games dating back to 8/20, hitting safely in 25 of those tilts at .276 (35-for-127) with 11 doubles, 2 triples and 4 homers.Recorded 2nd career pinch-hit on 9/18 vs. TB with an 8th-inning double...His only other pinch-hit was an RBI single on 6/20/07 at ARI while with TB.Scratched from the lineup with a stiff neck prior to 1st game on 9/19 vs. BAL and missed the doubleheader.Underwent offseason surgery on his left wrist on 1/17/12.
Named Rays MVP by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA, his 3rd team MVP Award (also 2004 and 2006)...Also received the Paul C. Smith Champion Award for true professionalism on and off the field (2nd time, also 2006).Paced the American League with 13 triples and also ranked among circuit leaders in average (9th, .307), runs(4th), hits (8th, 184), multi-hit games (8th, 52), total bases (8th, 297) and stolen bases (T-3rd, 47; T-4th in ML).Posted a .359 clip (56-for-156) with runners in scoring position, 2nd highest in the AL behind Texas' JoshHamilton (.369)...Ranked 5th with a .332 average (132-for-397) vs. right-handers and 8th with a .313 mark(101-for-323) on the road.Was the hardest qualifying Major Leaguer to double up with an average of 300.0 at-bats per ground intodouble play (2 GIDP/600 AB).No player in the modern era (since 1900) has matched his combination of home runs (19), triples (13), battingaverage (.307) and stolen bases (47) in 1 season.110 runs scored broke own single-season club record (104 in 2004)...Were also only 3 behind AL leader MarkTeixeira (113 with New York) despite placing 4th in the league.Reached 60 extra-base hits (62) and 40 stolen bases for the 2nd time in his career (also 2005), only the 5th ALplayer to do it at least twice, along with Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and George Sisler.Led Majors with 8 games of at least 4 hits, 2 more than any other player (Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez, 6)...Next closest AL player was Minnesota's Joe Mauer with 5 such contests.Finished among AL left field leaders in games (3rd, 147), games started (2nd, 144), innings played (3rd,1,260.1), total chances (1st, 315), putouts (2nd, 306), assists (T-4th, 7) and fielding percentage (3rd, .994).Made 8th straight Opening Day start for the Rays, all in left field, the most Opening Day starts at any positionfor any player in club history....Is 1 of 12 players who started the last 8 season openers with the same club,along with Atlanta's Chipper Jones, Chicago's (AL) Paul Konerko, Cleveland's Travis Hafner, Colorado's ToddHelton, New York's (AL) Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins, Houston's Roy Oswalt, St.Louis' Albert Pujols, Texas' Michael Young and Toronto's Vernon Wells.In that Opening Day game (4/6) vs. BAL, provided the walk-off win with a 2-run double, his 6th career walkoffhit, most in club history...Became the only player in the last 40 years with more than 1 game-ending hit onOpening Day (hit a game-ending, 3-run HR on Opening Day 2003 vs. BOS).Named AL Player of the Week for 6/14-20, 3rd career weekly honor and 1st since August 2007...Tied for ML leadin that time with 9 runs and tied for 3rd with 7 walks while hitting .429 (9-for-21) with a .571 OBP and .810 SLG.On 7/8 vs. CLE, hit a pair of go-ahead, 2-run homers, his 5th career multi-homer game and 1st at TropicanaField...The long balls traveled 438 and 445 feet, respectively.Reached the All-Star break with 50 RBI and 31 stolen bases, becoming the 1st player to reach 50 RBI and 30SB before the break since Cincinnati's Eric Davis in 1987...Also had a club-record 70 runs scored at the break...Teammate B.J. Upton had 25 steals, each reaching 25 stolen bases before the break for a 2nd straight year...Prior to them, the last teammates to reach the mark before the All-Star break in the same season were California'sChad Curtis (37) and Luis Polonia (25) in 1993.Elected by the fans to start the All-Star Game for the 1st time, finishing 3rd in fan voting among AL outfieldersbehind Texas' Josh Hamilton and Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki...Started in left field and batted 9th, going 0-for-2 witha stolen base...Was 4th All-Star Game selection overall...Joined third baseman Evan Longoria and lefty DavidPrice as the 1st Rays in club history to actually start the game (injuries sidelined elected starters twice before,Longoria in 2009 and DH Jose Canseco in 1999).Stole 400th base on 7/31 vs. NYY, becoming the 7th player in modern ML history (since 1900) to reach the milestonebefore age 29, joining Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Vince Coleman,Tim Raines, Cesar Cedeño and Eddie Collins.Moved into No. 3 spot in the order on 8/9, batting .323 (62-for-192) with 32 RBI in 49 games through the endof the season...Hit primarily No. 2 prior in the year, batting .299 (122-for-408) with 58 RBI in 101 tilts in that spot.Recorded 100th career triple on 8/17 vs. TEX at age 29, the youngest to reach it since St. Louis' Stan Musial in1949 (28 yrs, 8 mos)...Was the 1st player to reach the mark in 1 uniform since Milwaukee's Robin Yount in 1988.Knocked 100th career home run on 8/29 vs. BOS,becoming the 8th player since 1900 to reach 100 HR,100 triples and 400 stolen bases...Joined Ty Cobb, TrisSpeaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, PaulMolitor and Tim Raines...Reached the milestones nearly4 years younger than anyone else.With 100th homer also moved into 3rd place on theRays all-time home run list, passing Fred McGriff (99).Hit .376 (38-for-101) in September, 4th in the ML...Was the 2nd-best month of his career (.388 in August2007)...Was the highest monthly avg. by a Ray in 2010.After the season, was chosen as the Greater HoustonMajor League Player of the Year and was honored at theHouston Baseball Dinner in January 2011.POSTSEASON: Started all 5 of the Rays ALDS games against the Rangers in left field...Was 2-for-5 with a solohome run in Tampa Bay's 6-3 win in Game 3 at TEX...Homered off Neftali Feliz to lead off the 9th to give theRays a 4-2 lead, his 3rd career postseason homer.
Longest tenured Ray in club history enjoyedhis fourth .300 season...owns 4 of the Raysseven .300 seasons all-time....Made 149 starts in LF and his 337 total chancesled all major league left fielders...made hissixth straight Opening Day start in left field, themost Opening Day starts at any position forany player in club history....His .309 average led all American Leagueleft fielders....ALL-STAR GAME: Named MVP of the 80thAll-Star Game at St. Louis on July 14 after robbingCOL Brad Hawpe of a go-ahead homerun in 7th inning...went 1-for-3 at the plateafter pinch-hitting for Zack Greinke in the 5thand replacing Jason Bay in LF...was his 3rdAll-Star Game, most in club history...selectedby players....Is the club's all-time leader in hits, at-bats,runs, stolen bases, triples, games and RBI....Stole a career-high and club-record 60 bases,2nd in the AL...became just the 3rd AL playerthis decade to reach the 60-steal plateau, joiningBOS Jacoby Ellsbury (70 in 2009) and LAAChone Figgins (62 in 2005)...his previous highwas 59 in 2004.Set career highs with 51 ... walks (14 more thanhis previous career best), a .364 OBP and 3.75pitches per plate appearance....Became the 10th American Leaguer all timewith 60 steals and 60 RBI and the 5th in thelast 77 years....His 362 career steals are tied with NYM LuisCastillo for 4th among actives and 95th alltime...career SB percentage of 81.9 percentranks 10th all-time (min. 200 SB) in majorleague history...it is the 3rd-best SB successrate in AL history, behind Willie Wilson (83.3)and Roberto Alomar (82.3)....His 92 triples are 3rd among actives...trailsJimmy Rollins and Johnny Damon (95 each)by only three....Reached his 28th birthday on Aug 5 with 353steals (7th at that age since 1900) and 90triples (12th at that age since 1900 and mostsince Stan Musial, 1941-48)....Reached his 1,000th career game on June 27with 341 steals and 87 triples...only one otherplayer has matched those numbers by his1,000th game: Ty Cobb....In 2010, could become only the 15th playersince World War II to reach 100 triples and 100home runs...also shooting to become the 15thplayer in the modern era (since 1900) to reach400 SB and 100 3B and the 8th to reach 100HR, 100 3B and 400 SB...Paul Molitor, LouBrock, Tim Raines and Kenny Lofton are theonly players to do that in the last 50 years....Had his fifth season of 50+ steals, most amongactives...is the 16th player since 1900 with five50-SB seasons and the 6th American Leaguerjoining Bert Campaneris, Rickey Henderson,Kenny Lofton, Ty Cobb and Eddie Collins...became the 8th player to have five 50-stealseasons before his 28th birthday joining Henderson,Cobb, Campaneris, Collins, VinceColeman, Tim Raines and Cesar Cedeño....His team-high .322 avg. vs. RHP was 8th in theAL and the 3rd highest in club history....Average was over .300 every day after May 2...batted .355 in May (9th in the AL) but his averagedecreased every month the rest of theseason: June (.314), July (.303), Aug (.293), Sep(.277) and Oct (.222)....Batted .328 (89-271) vs. the AL East including.331 (45-136) on the road....His 185 hits matched his 2nd-highest total everand were tied for 10th in the AL and 6th mostamong all major league left-handed hitters....Only one left-handed hitter in the majors hasmore hits than Crawford's 1,229 over the past7 seasons: Ichiro with 1,580....On May 3 vs. BOS tied a modern ML recordwith 6 SB...4th player ever to do it (5th time)and the first since COL Eric Young (June 30,1996)...was 4-for-4 with 1 BB, 2 R and 1 RBI....Had four 4-hit games, giving him 21 in his career,12 more than any other Ray....Was tied with LAA Erick Aybar for 5th in the ALwith 31 infield hits...has 203 for his career, 105more than any other Rays player....Has 86 triples over the past 7 seasons...in thelast 75 years, only three players have had asmany triples over a 7-year span...though hehad none in 2009, he has had 7 multi-triplegames in his career...only three players whodebuted since the end of World War II havehad as many multi-triple games: Willie Mays(10), Lance Johnson (8) and George Brett (7)...the next closest active player is Jimmy Rollinswith 5....Hit a 2-run homer Sep 20 off TOR Roy Halladay,putting him at 500 RBI in his career...washis 3rd career HR off Halladay....Hit a game-winning home run on May 7 atNYY in the 9th inning off Mariano Rivera...Evan Longoria followed with another HR, theonly time the Yankee ace has allowed back-tobackroundtrippers....Delivered the 3rd inside-the-park home run ofhis career on July 20 off CWS Gavin Floyd atU.S. Cellular Field...is tied for most among activeswith Bobby Abreu, Ken Griffey Jr., JimmyRollins and Randy Winn.Drilled a walk-off single ... on May 21 vs. OAK inthe 9th inning as the Rays rallied from a 5-3deficit that inning to win 6-5...it was his 5th careerwalk-off RBI, most in club history....Was 60-for-76 (78.9 percent) in SB attempts,slightly below his career average of 81.9 percentwhich is 7th among active players (min.120 attempts)...for comparison's sake, sinceCarl has been in the majors, the league averageis 71.3 percent...was successful his first30 attempts of the season before he wascaught by MIN Francisco Liriano...was 30-for-46 (65.2 percent) the rest of the season...hisstreak of 32 straight successful attempts seta club record and dated back to July 18, 2008vs. TOR...was only 4-for-9 off LHP while hewas 56-for-67 off RHP....Stole a base in 9 straight games, April 28-May 6, becoming only the 4th player since1954 to do so (also Campaneris, Hendersonand Corey Patterson)...stole 14 bases in thatspan, most over a 9-game span since Colemanalso had 14 in 1990....Has stolen 27 consecutive bases against BOSsince he was last caught on Sep 21, 2005,when Tim Wakefield caught him leaning...Jason Varitek was the last Sox catcher to gethim, May 20, 2004...during his career hasbeen successful on 54 of 58 steal attemptsvs. Boston, the greatest success rate againstthem (min. 30 attempts) in the last 50 years....Was successful on 22 of 27 (81.4 percent) stealattempts from the 7th inning on...his 22 stealswere the most in the majors and teammate JasonBartlett's 18 were 2nd...no one else hadmore than 13....Was 2-for-6 in extra innings and has a .393(22-56) career average in extra frames, 2ndbest among active players (min. 50 AB) trailingonly Vladimir Guerrero (.406)....His .991 career fielding pct. is first amongactive left fielders (min. 1,000 games)...onNov 1 Carl won the 2009 Fielding Bible Awardfor left field in The Bill James Handbook 2010,his third Fielding Bible Award...achieved an almost-perfect score and was chosen by a panelof 10 experts, including Peter Gammons,Bill James, Joe Posnanski and John Dewan,author of the new Fielding Bible-Volume II.
Longest tenured Ray in club history made hissixth straight Opening Day start in left field,the most Opening Day starts at any positionfor any player in club history...the two-time All-Star had his 2009 option picked up on April 1,2008 ($8.25 million).For the first time in his career, did not increasehis average from one season to the next...increased his average in every season from2002-07, the 7th player since 1900 to improvehis average over five straight seasons, and thefirst to do so at the start of his career.Played in 109 games, making 105 starts (103-LF, 1-CF, 1-DH)...suffered a subluxation of hisright middle finger tendon Aug 9 at Seattle,thus sidelining him until Sep 26...the injuryoccurred on a check-swing against Marinerscloser J.J. Putz in the 10th inning...underwentsurgery (Dr. Donald Sheridan) on Aug 14 inPhoenix to repair it...after returning, played intwo games, but did not get an at-bat.Did start all 16 games in the postseason in leftfield...became the first player in the live ballera (since 1920) to start his team's postseasonopener without a regular season at-bat inSeptember.Despite missing 43 games due to injury, finished2nd in the AL with 10 triples behind DETCurtis Granderson (13)...was leading the AL atthe time of his injury, and was on track to becomethe 4th player all-time to lead the AL in triples4 seasons (led each year from 2004-06).Has 69 triples over the last 5 seasons...sinceWorld War II only 2 players have had more 3Bover a 5-year span: Lance Johnson (73, 1992-96) and Stan Musial (71, 1946-50)...was thefirst player since Hall of Famer Arky Vaughan(1939) to reach 80 3B before his 27th birthday.Collected his 1,000th career hit on April 11 vs.BAL and stole his 300th career base on July7 vs. KC...became the 7th player in majorleague history to reach 1,000 hits and 300 SBbefore his 27th birthday, joining Rickey Henderson,Ty Cobb, Tim Raines, Cesar Cedeño,Eddie Collins and Sherry Magee...was the 9thplayer (only active player) to reach the 300 SBmilestone before the age of 27.The 1,000th hit came in his 826th career game(April 11 vs. BAL), 8th quickest among activeplayers...became the 9th active player toreach 1,000 hits at age 26 or younger, joiningDerek Jeter, Adrian Beltre, Ivan Rodriguez,Alex Rodriguez, Ken Griffey, Albert Pujols,Vladimir Guerrero, Andruw Jones.
Became just the seventh player in the modern era (since 1900) to increase his average over fiveconsecutive seasons (min 250 ABs per season),and the first to do it at the start of his career ... his.315 batting average is the highest in club historyeclipsing the mark of .311 set by Aubrey Huff in2003 ... ranked second among regular majorleague leftfielders behind Colorado's Matt Holliday(.340) ... It was his third consecutive .300 season ... no other Ray has had more than one total ... is one of10 major leaguers to hit .300 or better in each ofthe past three seasons and one of five with 175+hits in each of the last five seasons (Ichiro, AlbertPujols, Juan Pierre and Michael Young) ... Despite missing the last 12 games of the season with a left groin strain (suffered Sep 16 atSeattle), won his fourth American League stolenbase crown (shared with Baltimore's Brian Roberts)with 50 steals ... is one of only 10 players towin four AL stolen bases crowns and one of onlysix players to win four AL crowns in a five-yearspan ... is the seventh to win four league titles (ALor NL) by age 26 joining Rickey Henderson, LuisAparicio, Tim Raines, George Case, Bert Campanerisand Vince Coleman ... Swiped his 50th base Sep 15, becoming the 23rd player since 1900 to have four 50-steal seasons ... only two active players have done it (JuanPierre and Kenny Lofton) ... only six players since1900 have recorded four 50-steal seasons at age26 ... also Rickey Henderson (6), Cesar Cedeno (6),Ty Cobb (5), Tim Raines (5), Eddie Collins (4) andBert Campaneris (4) ... Since his major league debut on July 20, 2002, only one player has stolen more bases (JuanPierre-336, Crawford-277) ... Since World War II, only 4 players have had as many triples over a 5-year span as Crawford's 68the last 5 years ... Is now the Rays all-time leader in five categories: games (816), batting average (.296), runs (490),triples (74), steals (277) and at-bats (3,343).Batted .321 (44-137) with runners in scoring position, the fourth season he has batted over .300in such situations ... his career mark is also .321(239-745) which ranks 12th best among activeplayers (min 600 PAs) ... had team-high 12 game-winningRBI ... Was 8-for-14 (.571) with the bases loaded, 4th best in the AL and over the past two years is14-for-24 (.583), 3rd best in the majors ... Batted .318 (62-195) vs. left-handed pitching, 4th best among left-handed hitters in the majors ... Batted a club record .342 (102-298) on the road,4th best in the majors and 2nd best in the AL ... his.444 (12-27) average at Yankee Stadium was topsin the AL ... Batted a major league high .397 (62-156) in day games ... it is the 2nd highest in club history ... Aaron Ledesma batted .420 (42-100) in1998 ... Carl's .397 average was one point belowWade Boggs' best season average in day games(.398 in 1983 with Boston) ... His triple on May 24 vs. Seattle was his 70th - making him the first player since Hall of FamerArky Vaughan in 1938 to reach 70 triples beforehis 26th birthday ... Turned 26 on Aug. 5 with the 17th most hits since World War II (928), the 8th most stolen bases since1900 (262) and the 10th most triples since 1900(73) among players before the age of 26 ... His .358 avg (86-240) after the All-Star Break was 8th best in the majors, 3rd in the AL ... Began the season as the Rays #3 hitter, then moved to the 2-hole July 3 and went 91-for-259(.351) in 61 starts there ... batted .286 (84-for-294)as the #3 hitter prior to the switch ... Started 139 games, all but two in LF (DH June 7 at Toronto and Aug. 12 at Texas) ... Was selected to the 78th All-Star Game by AL Manager Jim Leyland, his 2nd career All-Starselection and the first two-time All-Star in clubhistory ... entered the game in the 5th inning andwent 1-for-2 with a homer off MIL's Francisco Cordero,the first Ray to hit an All-Star HR ... On July 30 vs. Toronto, was not in the lineup due to a sprained right wrist ... entered the game asa pinch runner in the ninth inning with the Raystrailing by a run ... stole second and scored thetying run on Josh Wilsons' two-out single, thenled off the 11th inning with a "walk-off" homerto give the Rays a 5-4 win ... It was his 3rd career"walk-off" homer, most in club history ... was thefirst major leaguer in over two years to enter thegame as a pinch-runner then hit a game-endinghome run ... first ever Ray to do it ... Beginning with that home run, he went 28-for-49 (.571) over his next 12 games includinga stretch in which he had a club record eightstraight multi-hit games ... became just the 9thplayer in the last 50 years to get 22+ hits over aneight-game stretch, first since Ichiro in 2004 ... was named AL co-player of the week July 30-Aug5 (.591 with a 2B, 3-HR, 6-RBI and 4 SB) ... secondtime he has received the award ... Hit a dramatic grand slam, the first of his career, at home on April 24 off New York's Mike Myerswith two out in the seventh inning wiping outa 3-2 deficit and powering the Rays to a 6-4 winand a 2-game sweep of the Yankees ... Had five 4-hit games ... in the majors, only Bos- ton's Mike Lowell and Detroit's Magglio Ordonez,with six each, had more ... has 17 four-hit gamesin his career ... Hit .388 in August (50-129), the best month of his career and 2nd best in club history behindFred McGriff's .422 mark in July of 1999 ... led themajors and set a club monthly record with the50 hits, becoming the 27th player in the last 50years (8th since 2000) to collect that many hitsin a single month ... only Chone Figgins (53 inJune) had more hits in a month in the majors in2007 ... CC also became the 6th player, 3rd in AL(but 2nd this year) in the last 50 years to post 50hits and 10 steals in one month ... Needs 10 more hits to reach 1,000 for his career ... has played 816 games ... below is the list of activeplayers who were quickest to 1,000 hits ... Carlwill likely become the 8th player since 1900 toreach 1,000 hits and 250 steals before his 27thbirthday ... Carl turns 27 on Aug 5, 2008 ... that listincludes Ty Cobb, Cesar Cedeno, Sherry Magee,Roberto Alomar, Eddie Collins, Tim Raines andRickey Henderson ... only eight active playershave reached 1,000 hits at age 26 or before:Derek Jeter, Adrian Beltre, Ivan Rodriguez, AlexRodriguez, Ken Griffey Jr., Albert Pujols, VladimirGuerrero, and Andruw Jones.
Became just the 2nd player all-time to increase his home runs and batting average over five consecutive seasons (min 250 ABs per season)...Joins Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby who did it with the Cardinals, 1918-22...Carl came within 5 RBI of increasing that total each year over 5 years as well...Only six players (one American Leaguer) all-time have reached his totals for home runs (18) and steals (58) in one season...The Mets' Jose Reyes also did it in 2006, making he and Carl the first two players to do it since Rickey Henderson with Oakland in 1991...Henderson did it 4 times (1985-86-90-91)...The others: Joe Morgan (Cin, 1976), Eric Davis (Cin, 1986), Cesar Cedeno (Hou, 1976) and Harry Stovey who did it for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1889...Only three of those players - Henderson, Morgan and Stovey reached Crawford's numbers in homers, steals AND average in one season...Led the AL in steals and triples and was 6th in batting with runners in scoring position, 6th in multi-hit games, 10th in hits and tied for 8th in outfield assists with a career-high tying 10...Was the only Ray to have enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title...Led the Rays in 11 offensive categories including games (151), at-bats (600), average (.305), runs (89), hits (183), triples (16), sacrifice bunts (9) and steals (58)...His 59 multi-hit games and .348 average with runners in scoring position were club records...At his current pace, Crawford will reach 1,000 hits, 300 steals and 100 triples before the age of 28...Only one player in the modern era has ever done that: Ty Cobb...Is one of just 6 players with 175+ hits in each of the last four seasons...Also Ichiro, Albert Pujols, Juan Pierre, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada...Beginning May 22 thru the end of the season, he batted .321 (141-439) in 109 games with 17 HR and 60 RBI...Had his best stretch between May 22 and July 5 when he batted .392 (60-153) with 11 HR in 36 games...Only AL batting champ Joe Mauer had a higher average in the majors during that span (.447)...His .292 career batting average is tops in Rays history among players with 1,000 or more at-bats...Became the first Rays player to have two .300 seasons...Reached the All-Star Break with a .323 batting average, 32 steals and 13 home runs...Since the first All-Star Game in 1933, only two players (both Cincinnati Reds) reached those numbers at the break: Eric Davis in 1987 (.325, HR-27, SB-33) and Joe Morgan in 1975 (.345, HR-13, SB- 40)...Both started in the All-Star Game...Carl was not even a member of the 2006 All-Star team...Started a team-high 148 games: 144-LF, 1-CF, 3-DH...His 314 total chances tied with Seattle's Raul Ibanez for most among AL left fielders...Tied for 4th in the AL with 9 sac bunts...is the club's all-time leader with 25 besting Miguel Cairo (24)...Had 36 infield hits, 5th most in the majors and tied for the 2nd most in club history with Jason Tyner (2001)...Carl's 39 infield hits in 2003 remain the club record...Has 143 in his career, 45 more than any player in club history...Has 130 over the last 4 years, 4th most in the majors over that span...Was 6-for-10 with the bases loaded after going 0-for-8 in 2005...Had a career night May 24 at TOR when he went 5-for-5 with 5 runs scored and 4 stolen bases-all club records...He was the first player to get 5 hits and 4 steals in a game since Rickey Henderson on Apr 11, 1988...He followed that up with 3 hits and two more steals the next night at BOS becoming the first player since divisional play began in 1969 to get 8 hits and 6 steals over two games...Named AL co-player of the week with Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander for May 22-28...Was the first time for Crawford...C.C. hit .484 (15-31) over the week with 3 HR, 5 RBI and 8 SB...Had the first 3 multi-HR games of his career, all coming in a 27-game span - all on the road: June 11 at KC, May 26 at BOS and June 30 at WAS...Was 19-for-42 on the Rays 10-game road trip, May 22-June 1, setting a club record for most hits on a trip...Also had 4 HR and 10 RBI on the trip...Batted 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the batting order throughout the season...did his best hitting out of the two hole: 1st (.253); 2nd (.323) and 3rd (.295)...Was named team MVP and the winner of the Champion Award by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA...Is the first player to win both awards...The champion award is given to the player who best exemplifies the spirit of true professionalism on and off the field...Also named Houston Area Player of the Year by the Houston chapter of the BBWAA.
With a .301 average, 12th best in the AL, he became just the third .300 hitter in Devil Rayshistory joining Aubrey Huff (.311 in 2003) and Fred McGriff (.310 in 1999)...After the All-Star Break, he batted a team-best .326, 5th best in the AL...Finished with career highs inat-bats (644), hits (194), doubles (33), home runs (15), extra base hits (63) and RBI (81)...Increased his batting average, home runs and RBI for the 3rd straight season...Is one of 8 active players to increase all 3 categories in their first 3 seasons in which they qualified for the batting title...The others: Carlos Baerga (1991-92-93), Mark Loretta (1999-03-04), Carlos Guillen (2001-02-04), Michael Young (2002-03-04), Todd Helton (1998-99-00), Marquis Grissom (1991-92-93), and Magglio Ordonez (1998-99-00)...Did not get a plate appearance the last 5 games of the season due to a sore left wrist...Still finished with 194 hits, 46 steals, 81 RBI and 15 home runs...In major league historyonly 4 players have reached those numbers in a season, only 3 in the modern era: Hugh Duffy (Bos Braves, 1894), Johnny Damon (KC, 2000), Alex Rodriguez (SEA, 1998) and Craig Biggio (HOU, 1998)...At the time of his wrist injury was having his best month ever...Batted .371 (33-89) in September, 2nd best in the AL, the best September in club history and the 5th best month ever by a Devil Ray...Hit safely in 20 of his 21 starts in September and in his only hitless start, he had a hit overturned a day later by the official scorer...He is the first American Leaguer since Lloyd Moseby (1984) to have 15 homers and 15 triples in a season...Also just the 5th player since World War II to reach 30 doubles, 15 HRs and 15 triples...He, CLE Grady Sizemore, ATL Rafael Furcal, PHI Jimmy Rollins and SEA Ichiro were the only players in the ML with double figures in 2B, 3B & HR in 2005...Carl reached his 24th birthday on August 5 with 565 hits, 46 triples and 157 steals...Only 2 players since 1900 have reached those plateaus before their 24th birthday: Ty Cobb (DET) and Sherry Magee (PHI-NL)...Both did it nearly 100 years ago...He reached the age of 24 with more hits than all but five members of the 3,000 hit club...Only Aaron, Kaline, Yount, Cobb and Musial had more...Among active players only Ken Griffey Jr. (832), AlexRodriguez (766), Andruw Jones (654), Adrian Beltre (622), Ruben Sierra (620), Albert Pujols (591) and Pudge Rodriguez (569) had more hits before their 24th birthday...On July 8 he became just the 5th player all-time to have 150 SBs and 500 hits before turning 24. Joined Ty Cobb (Det 1905-10), Cesar Cedeno (Hou 1970-74), Rickey Henderson (Oak 1979-82) and Sherry Magee (Phi-NL 1904-08)...His 194 hits were 6th in the AL and the 2nd most in club history behind Aubrey Huff's 198 in 2003...His .326 average vs. right-handed pitching was 4th in the AL...Led the AL in triples (15) for the secondconsecutive season...Has had 34 triples in 2004 and 2005 combined...The last player with more in consecutive seasons was the Yankees' Snuffy Stirnweiss in 1944-45 (38)...In fact in the last 75 years, only 4 players have had more in consecutiveseasons...Has 49 triples in 522 career games and 23 in his last 153 games at Tropicana Field...His 46 triples before the age of 24 are 12th most since 1900 and the most by a player that young since Garry Templeton with St. Louis (1976-79)...Carl is averaging one triple every 44.06 at-bats...To put that into perspective, the last player to finish his career with that great of a triples per at-bat ratio was Carl Reynolds who played almost 70 years ago...Reynolds played with 5 teamsfrom 1927-39...Was 3rd in the AL in stolen bases (46)...Has swiped 169 in his career, already the 13th most in modern history before the age of 25...The Rays are scheduled to play 110 games before Carl turns 25 on August 5...His 157 steals before the age of 24 were 7th most in modern day history...In 2005, had the 3rd best success rate in the AL with 46 steals in 54 tries (85.2)...Trailed Texas' Alfonso Soriano (93.8) and the Angels' Orlando Cabrera (91.3)...Stole 3rd base 7times, 5th best in the AL...Carl (46) and Julio Lugo (39) had the most combined steals by AL teammates (85) since2001 when Seattle's Ichiro and Mark McLemore teamed up for 95... became the 9th setof teammates since 1900 and only the 4th since 1925 to reach 180+ hits and 35+ steals...The last to do it were Omar Vizquel and Roberto Alomar for the 1999 Indians...The others: 1901 Honus Wagner-Ginger Beaumont, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1911-12 Eddie Collins-Frank Baker, Phildelphia A's; 1911-12 Ty Cobb-Sam Crawford, Detroit Tigers; 1922 Ken Williams-George Sisler, St. Louis Browns; 1925 May Carey-KiKi Cuyler, Pittsburgh Pirates; 1987 Ozzie Smith-Vince Coleman, St. Louis Cardinals; 1989 Tony Gwynn-Roberto Alomar, San Diego Padres...Had 24 more chances than any other major league leftfielder and had the best fielding percentage (.995) among AL leftfielders with 100 or more starts...Made 150 starts: 142 in LF and eight in CF...Overall ranked 4th among AL outfielders in fielding percentagewith 100+ starts behind Toronto's Vernon Wells (1.000), Seattle's Ichiro (.995) and Boston'sTrot Nixon (.996)....In his career has made only 8 errors in 504 games...Among activeoutfielders with 500 or more games, he ranks 4th in fielding percentage with a .994 mark...Finished the season with 35 hits against the Yankees, batting .407 (35-86) in 18 games...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 25 years, only one other player had asmany as 35 hits in one season against an opposing team: Juan Pierre went 35-for-82 (.427)against the Diamondbacks in 2002...The last AL player with a hit total that high againstan opponent was George Brett, who went 36-for-80 (.450) against the Angels in 1975...Batted .324 (48-148) with runners in scoring position, 2nd best on the team behind Jorge Cantu (.325)...Has a lifetime .313 (147-470) average with runners in scoring position...His .314 average (103-328) on the road was 8th best in the AL...Scored 100+ runs for the 2nd consecutive season...No other Ray has scored 100 runs in a season... Scored at least one run in 14 of his last 18 games, including 9 straight Sep 11-20 (tied his career high and 1 shy of club record)...Batted .320 (145-453) after his avg. was at a season-low .254 May 24...included was a team season high 12-game hit streak June 28-July 14...Moved to the no. 2 hole in the order on July 17...in 57 games after the move he was 84-for-257 (.327), 6-HR, 33-RBI...On April 6 he hit the 6th inside-the-park home run in club history - the first of his career-and also added a triple in the Rays' 6-run 8th inning, becoming the first American Leaguer to have a triple and an inside-the-park home run in the same game since Dwight Evans for Boston vs. KC on July 4, 1988...On Aug 2 at Texas, he tied a club record with 4 extra base hits: two doubles and two triples..It was the 5th time he has had 2 triples in a game...Carl tagged up and scored from second base on a fly ball to CF off the bat of Jorge Cantu on Sep 20 against the Red Sox. He was the first to do that since the Angels' Adam Kennedy in 2004...On April 1, he signed a six-year contract with a potential value of more than $31 million, two one-year club options covering the 2009 and 2010 seasons, Crawford's first two years of free agency.
Named Devil Rays MVP by the Tampa Bay chapter ofthe BBWAA...Improved in every offensive category over 2003 and lowered his strikeouts...Reached 175 hits and 50 steals in his first twoseasons...Only six others in major league historyhave reached those figures in their first two full seasons: Eddie Collins (1909-10), WillieWilson (1979-80),Tim Raines (1982-83), Mookie Wilson (1982-83), Juan Samuel (1984-85) andTony Womack (1997-98)...Led the majors with 19 triples...Youngest player to lead the AL in triples since Cristian Guzman in 2000...Only 5 players have had more triples than Crawford's 19in the last 55 years...Only 10 players inmajor league history have had as many triples in a season at a younger age...Included on that list are Stan Musial (1943), Ty Cobb (1908), Shoeless Joe Jackson (1912) & Arky Vaughan (1933)...Only 2 players since 1900 reached his totals for steals (59) and triples (19) in the same season:Ty Cobb (1911-12) and Juan Samuel (1984)...Became the 11th player in American League history to reach 50 steals, 100 runs and 50 extra base hits in the same season...Only 5 players have done it in the last 50 years: Ichiro (2001), Rickey Henderson (1985-86-90), Brady Anderson (1992), Roberto Alomar (1993) and Kenny Lofton (1994-96)...Only 4 players in major league history have reached the same plateaus Crawford reached in hits (185), runs (104), extra base hits (56) and stolen bases (59) in the same season...Those players are Ty Cobb (1901-11-12), Juan Samuel (1984), Benny Kauff (1914) and Ben Chapman (1931)...Was only the 7th active player to get 50 steals in each of his first two full seasons in the majors...The others:Tom Goodwin (1995-96), Roger Cedeno (1999, 01), Luis Castillo (1999-00), Kenny Lofton (1992-93), Marquis Grissom (1991-92) and Tony Womack (1997-98)...Became the first player since Ichiro in 2001 to get 50+ steals and 50+ extra base hits in the same season...He is the 5th youngest to do it since 1900 behind Ty Cobb (1909), Sherry Magee (1906), Ben Chapman (1931) and Cesar Cedeno (1972)...Is only the 3rd player in the last 35 years to win back-to-back AL stolen base crowns joining Rickey Henderson and Kenny Lofton...Missed a chance for 60 steals- only 6 AL players in the last 20 years have done it- when his season ended on the 2nd to the last day of the season after he jammed his left knee sliding into first base on October 2 at Detroit... MRI revealed only a bruise...Has stolen 44 more bases than anyone else in the AL over the past 2 seasons (Crawford -114, Ichiro is next with 70)...Also has 362 hits the past two seasons, tied with Edgar Renteria for 11th most in the majors over that span...Was the toughest to double up in the majors grounding into only 2 in 626 at-bats...Since World War II only 3 players have had as many at-bats and grounded into 2 or fewer double plays: Rafael Furcal with Atlanta in 2003 (664-1), Lou Brock with St.Louis in 1969 (665-2) and 1965 (631-2) and Milwaukee's Bill Bruton in 1955 (636-2)...The last time an American Leaguer had that many at-bats and that few GIDPs was 1938 when six players did it...Had 5 triples in a 5-game span, July 15-19...His 185 hits are the 2nd highest in one season in club history behind Aubrey Huff's 198 in 2003...Had 33 infield hits, tied for 8th in the majors with Colorado's Royce Clayton and Cincinnati's Ryan Freel...His 129 singles were tied with Anaheim's David Eckstein for 4th most in the AL...Had 145 in 2003, 3rd in the AL...Had five 4-hit games on the season, most in one season in club history...Had a 13-game hitting streak, July 7-22, matching the longest of his career. Also set a club-record with 104 runs...Rays were 48-33 when C.C. scored a run, 14-5 when he scored at least 2...Scored 47.1% of the time he reached base (104 of 221), 4th best in the AL...Swiped 3 bases April 24 @ CHI tying a club record, 3rd time, 2nd for him - also Aug. 13, 2003 vs. BAL...18 times in his career he's stolen 2 or more bases in a game, 11 in 2004...Stole 3rdbase 9 times, 3rd in the AL behind NY's Derek Jeter (12) and Anaheim's Chone Figgins (10)... His 5th inning HR Sep 24 vs.TOR off Josh Towers traveled 451 ft., 2nd-longest HR at the Tropin 2004 (Manny Ramirez-458 feet)...Finished with 11 home runs, more than doubling his total from a year ago...in fact, had just 7 HR in 889 career AB entering season...His HR Aug. 20 vs. KC (off lefty Brian Anderson) was the first of his career off a southpaw (came in his 377th career AB vs. a LH)...Has 4 career leadoff HR, all this season...ties a club record for one season(Gerald Williams in 2000) and one shy of career mark (Randy Winn 5)...Started 145 games: 116-LF, 25-CF, 4-DH...Didn't make his first error of the season until August 24, game no. 126...Had a string of 133 games without one...In his career he has made only 6 errors in 354 games...Led the Rays to their best month ever in June (20-6)...He was 6th in the AL in hitting for the month (.345) and tied for first in the majors in runs scored (club record 25) and tied for 2nd in the majors in hits (40)...Was also the Rays hottest hitter during their 26-7 run, May 20-June 26 batting .324 (47-145, R-27)...Batted a club-high .388 (21-54, R-14) during the Rays club record 12-game win streak...Established a new club record with 7 straight multi-hit games, June 19-26...The Houston native was voted by the ML players to his first All-Star Game at Houston's Minute Maid Park...The day of the ASG was honored by Houston Mayor Bill White at City Hall...Went 0-for-2, playing LF...22 year old was the youngest position player on the AL squad...Was the youngest Ray to be selected to an All-Star Game and was the 2nd youngest on the AL All-Starsquad behind Anaheim's Frankie Rodriguez...Scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning vs. Seattle on August 6 in one of the strangest endings in major league history...CC was on third base with one out when Tino Martinez flied out to Raul Ibanez in shallow LF...Crawford bluffed a start at home but returned to third...After Ibanez threw the ball back into the infield, 3B umpire Paul Emmel ruled that shortstop Jose Lopez, in covering third base, attempted to block Crawford's view of Ibanezmaking the catch...Crawford was awarded home on the obstruction call and Lopez was charged with an error...Baseball America named him the best 22-year-old in the majors in their November 7, 2004 edition...Was chosen for the Major League All-Star Tour of Japan last fall and batted .346 (9-26), 2nd best on the team behind Toronto's Vernon Wells (.407)...Also added one homer and had five stolen bases as the All-Stars went 5-3 on the tour...For the 2nd consecutive year was the co-winner of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum James "Cool Papa" Bell Legacy Award...Was co-winner with the Brewers' Scott Podsednik...Was named Houston's top active major league player by the Houston BBWAA for 2004. In 2004, Crawfordbecame the 4th youngest ever to win back-to-backleague stolen base titles (AL or NL) behind Tim Raines (1981-82, Expos), Rickey Henderson (1980-81, A's) and Ben Chapman (1931-32,Yankees)...With a club record 59 steals, he had 23 more than anyone else in the AL, thebiggest margin in the AL since 1989 when RickeyHenderson had 32 more than Cecil Espy...Was 2nd in the majors behind Milwaukee's Scott Podsednik (70)...Only five players since 1900 have stolen more bases than Carl before the age of 23...And, only 12 players in major league history have stolen more bases than Carl's 123 before their 24th birthday...The Rays are scheduled to play 108 games next season before Carl turns 24. When he turned 23 on August 5, he already had 32 career triples...In the last 75 years (since 1930), only 3 players had more triples beforereaching 23: Arky Vaughan, Pitt, 1932-34 (40), Buddy Lewis,Washington, 1935-39 (38) and Garry Templeton, St. Louis, 1976-78 (33).
In 2003, at 22 years, one month, 23 days, he became the 4th youngest player ever to win aleague stolen base crown behind Ty Cobb (20 yrs, 9 mos, 15 days in 1907),Rickey Henderson (21 yrs, 9 months, 10 days in 1980) and Tim Raines (22 yrs, 0 mos,17 days in 1981)...Was the 6th youngest to steal 50 bases in a season and the youngest since Montreal's TimRaines in 1981...Broke the Rays stolen bases record on August 3, the Rays' 109th game...Broke the markof 31 set by Jason Tyner in 2001...Stole club record 19 straight bases, July 12- August 19...Stole 3rd base a club record 9 times, 2nd in the AL behind Ichiro (12)...Stole 2 or more bases 8 times...Started 143 games: 131 in LF and 12 in CF...His 331 total chances in LF and his .991 fielding percentage were 2nd best among AL leftfielders behind Anaheim's Garret Anderson (341 and .997)...Finished with a club record 58 multi-hit games, 7th in the AL...His 145 singles were 3rd in the AL as were his 39 infield hits, both club records...Hit the 17th Opening Day "walk-off" home run in major league history on March 31 when he hit a 2-out, 3-run, 9th inning homer off Boston's Chad Fox giving the Rays a 6-4 win...He was the 8th American Leaguer to do it...Also hit a 3-run "walk-off" HR off Chicagocloser Billy Koch that gave the Rays a 4-3 come-from-behind win July 4...It was the first"walk-off" HR ever hit on July 4th according to SABR's David Vincent...CC and Rocco Baldelli were the first 21-year-olds to start in the same outfield on Opening Day since the 1972 Phillies started Greg Luzinski (21) and Mike Anderson (20)...He and Rocco combined for 361 hits...The last time teammates that young combinedfor as many hits was in 1940 when Boston's Ted Williams (21) and Bobby Doerr (22)combined for 366...The two finished 1st (Crawford-55) and 7th (Baldelli-27) in the AL instolen bases...It is the first time teammates that young have finished in the top 10 instolen bases and the first time teammates that young have each stolen 25 bases...In a poll conducted by Baseball America, AL managers selected Crawford and Baldelli as the 2nd and 3rd fastest base runners in the league, respectively, behind Ichiro.
Named Rays 2002 Most Outstanding Rookie by the Tampa Bay chapter of BBWAA aswell as International League Rookie of the Year at AAA Durham...Was promoted from Durham on July 20 and started 63 of the Rays' final 67 gms, all in LF...Made his major league debut July 20 @ Toronto and singled home a pair of runs off Brian Bowles in his 3rd AB...Had 5 triples in his first 83 big league at-bats...is the first player to record 5 triples in his first 21 games since Jeff Stone did it in 16 games in 1984-85 for Philly...Was leading all of minor league baseball with 9 triples before his recall...Hit his first 2 major league home runs, both off Kansas City's Shawn Sedlacek - Aug. 10 at Kauffman Stadium and Aug. 16 at Tropicana Field...Named Most Exciting Player in the International League by Baseball America...Named to the MLB Futures' All-Star Game July 7, went 0-for-3...also named to the AAAAll-Star Game in Oklahoma City...Named to Sports Ticker All-Prospect Team along withRocco Baldelli.
Named Double-A Orlando Player of the Year after leading the club in hitting (.274), games (132), at-bats (537), runs (64), hits (147), total bases (189), RBI (51) and stolen bases (36).Ranked 2nd in the organization in steals and posted the system's 3rd-most hits.Rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Southern League and named the Fastest Base Runner in a poll of league managers...Selected to play in the mid-season Double-A All-Star game at Tennessee and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.Ranked as No. 2 prospect in the Tampa Bay organization by Baseball America, behind only Josh Hamilton...Named the system's Best Hitter for Average by the publication.Was leading the Arizona Fall League with a .386 average (27-for-70) before leaving to join Team USA in the 2001 World Cup in Chinese Taipei...Was the youngest member (20 years, 2 months) of the Silver Medal-winning USA Baseball World Cup team, managed by Terry Francona...Started 8 of 10 games, batting .219 (7-for-32) with a triple and 4 RBI.
With Single-A Charleston, led the South Atlantic League in hits (170) and was named to the postseason SAL All-Star Team in 1st full professional season.170 hits led all of Class-A ball...Also finished among SAL leaders with 564 at-bats (2nd), 11 triples (T-2nd), stolen bases (3rd, 55) and 99 runs (4th)...Led all Rays farmhands in stolen bases.Selected to the Howe Sportsdata All-Teen Team along with teammate Josh Hamilton.Rated the No. 2 18-year-old in professional baseball, the No. 6 prospect in the South Atlantic League, No. 3 prospect in the Rays organization, and the Fastest Base Runner in the TB system by Baseball America.
Began professional career at Rookie-level Princeton...Led the team in at-bats (260), runs (62) and hits (83) and was 2nd with 17 stolen bases.Rated as the 7th-best prospect in the Appalachian League by Baseball America.