Crawford's speed changes the game
Carl Crawford could be the first player since Willie Mays in '57 to lead the majors in triples and stolen bases.
Crawford, 23, is indiscriminate in adding three-baggers to his collection. Bouncers over the first baseman's head? Triples. Cue shots the opposite way? Also triples. And if an outfielder plays a carom incorrectly or makes a bobble out of panic, Crawford usually goes in standing up, without breathing hard enough to fog a mirror.
"I've been fortunate to be around a lot of great athletes, and I don't think I've ever seen anybody leave home plate with third base on their mind like Carl Crawford,'' said Rays general manager Chuck LaMar. "When he hits a ball in the outfield and it has a chance to go in the gap, he's just hit a triple that you'll have to turn into a double."
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