Carl Crawford won the MVP in the All-Star Game thanks to his catch in the seventh inning that prevented a home run. But as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, Crawford flies under the radar a bit.
Who is this guy? Here are some facts about Carl Crawford.
Crawford was a three-sport star in high school who received a scholarship offer to play point guard at UCLA, as well as scholarship offers to play quarterback at Nebraska, USC, Oklahoma, Florida and Tulsa. Tulsa's scholarship offer letter began: "Okay, come on now. Don't crumple this up and throw it in the trash before even reading it! Hear us out. Please. It will take you two minutes to read this letter, tops. Then you can be on your way. Deal? Deal."
His .301 batting average in 2005 made him just the third .300 hitter in Rays history at the time, joining Aubrey Huff and Fred McGriff, and his .315 average in 2007 is a franchise record. Crawford's career low batting average is .259 in his rookie year of 2002. That is good for 10th best average in Rays history, just above Greg Vaughn's .163 mark in 2002.
Crawford has stated that uses fantasy baseball as a motivation to work harder, and was one of the first players to openly talk about fantasy baseball. This admission rankled some retired stars, who said baseball players should be motivated by nothing more than the spirit of competition, booze, tail, gambling and amphetamines.
Thanks to hitting .305 with 18 home runs in 2006, Crawford joined Rogers Hornsby as the only players in major league history to increase their average and home runs total for five consecutive years. Crawford was the first non-Siamese twin to do so, however.
Crawford is the eighth player in history to record 1,000 hits and 250 steals before his 27th birthday. This, of course, does not include your stats from RBI Baseball or MLB The Show.