Carl Crawford a Key Piece for Dodgers

Carl Crawford warming up. Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/ ©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2013
The Dodgers are going to need Carl Crawford's bat as the season winds down.
The Dodgers are going to need Carl Crawford’s bat as the season winds down. Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers 2013

Carl Crawford is one of the most electrifying players in Major League Baseball.  The Dodgers will need him to contribute to keep the momentum going.

Crawford has been a factor for the Dodgers, but doesn’t get acknowledged for what he has done thus far.

At the beginning of the season when the Dodgers weren’t winning games, Crawford was one of the only outfielders that were swinging the bat with confidence.

Before being sidelined by a hamstring injury, Crawford was batting .301.

“Crawford is a hard worker,” Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said.

If you’ve followed Crawford throughout his baseball career, you are aware of his remarkable strength and explosiveness. His gifts are very limited.

The Dodgers have talent but they don’t have another caliber player like Crawford on the team. Crawford was placed in the lead of spot for a reason.

His wheels alone can get him on base with ground balls and line drives.  He’s a very rare player who doesn’t come around very often. One of those players who you can turn a dead play into a play, old-fashioned baseball.

Since returning from the Disabled List July 5th, Crawford is trying to get that old thing back. He’s not as hot as he once was, but he’s been a guy that the Dodgers can rely on.

And if the Dodgers plan on advancing in the postseason, they’ll need Crawford full-time services.

Right now he’s experiencing a minor slump and a lot of people are questioning when he’ll show up. But he’s been solid for the Dodgers. Although, he’s a bit rusty from his recent return, he’s hitting .280 at the plate. Not so bad.

“I’m just trying to get back to the way I was hitting before, “ Crawford said. “It can get frustrating, but I just have to keep hitting until it comes back.”

After two disastrous seasons in Boston, Crawford was granted a fresh authentic start in Los Angeles. He doesn’t want to remember any memories from Boston.

He had a glooming cloud over his head with injuries, bad at-bats, and unpleasant negativity from the media.

“You never want to go through bad situations but I’m just glad I’m in Los Angeles, Crawford said.”

When you’re dejected or unhappy on your job, there’s a chance you won’t perform to the best of your ability. Not even with a $142 million, seven-year contract from the Red Sox.

Luckily, he’s been able to put all that behind him and regain his notoriety back. We are slowly but shortly seeing upbeat signs of the Crawford everyone once knew.

The player teams were bidding for in 2010 when he was a free agent.

A four-time All-Star during his nine seasons with Tampa Bay. The player who led the league in steals and earned the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2010.

All that potential is still instilled in him; it’s just going to take time to spark back up.

The Dodgers will need Crawford to produce on the offensive end to win the NL West.

Carl Crawford warming up. Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/ ©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2013
Carl Crawford warming up. Photo Credit: Jon SooHoo/ ©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tamara is a graduate of Cal State Los Angeles where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tamara is passionate about covering sports. She has covered the NBA and Major League Baseball routinely for the past several years. A Southern California native, Tamara developed her skills as a sports journalist while working for various Los Angeles-based news publications.