Sunday, January 15, 2017

Benighted Carl Crawford To Retire From Baseball At 35

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Tell the truth. When you first heard that perennial Red Sox nemesis Carl Crawford was coming to Boston, you were excited. An athletic, speedy outfielder who could hit would make The Carmine Hose a much more entertaining team. Almost immediately that hope faded. In his first season here, Crawford hit a disappointing .255, with just 11 HRs and 56 RBIs. And, it seemed, he wilted under the bright lights of Fenway Park. In 2012, injuries limited him to just 31 games. Then, he was gone—unloaded in The Great Punto Trade with The Denizens Of Chavez Ravine. Predictably, Crawford was horrible in La-La Land as well. In fact, since leaving Tampa, his WAR dropped from 6.8 to 1.2. Now, we learn that Crawford is retiring. Probably best for all concerned.