Monday, November 9, 2009

Rays Keep their own CC

Rays exercise their option on Carl Crawford.  Bill Chastain writes: 

Crawford, 28, is the longest-tenured player in Rays history and the club's all-time leader in hits, at-bats, runs, stolen bases, triples, games played and RBIs. Last season he hit .305 -- his fourth season batting .300 or better -- with 15 home runs, 68 RBIs, 96 runs scored and a career-high and club-record 60 stolen bases.
An eight-year veteran, Crawford ranks fourth among active players with 362 career stolen bases and ranks third with 92 triples. Through his first 1,000 games he totaled 341 stolen bases and 87 triples -- numbers matched only by Hall of Famer Ty Cobb through 1,000 games.
In addition, the talented Rays left fielder won the Most Valuable Player Award for the 2009 All-Star Game after making a game-saving catch; now he has also won the 2009 Fielding Bible Award for left field in The Bill James Handbook 2010. This is Crawford's third Fielding Bible Award.

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