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Carl Crawford is starting to become one of those players that is a huge bust, no matter where he ends up.
Crawford began his career in quiet Tampa Bay, where the media coverage is minimal. He typically didn’t have to face the music too often with the media during his time there, even if he struggled at the plate.
That all changed in Boston, where he signed a $142 million deal with the Red Sox before the 2011 season. Any struggles were magnified because of his high-profile contract and the escalation of media attention in the big city.
After failing to play well for most of the 2011 season and again in 2012, Crawford needed surgery last August to replace some ligaments in one of his elbows. He missed the remainder of the season, but was soon shipped off to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a package deal with Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto. All these players did was complain about the media or travel time (besides Punto). Crawford finished his Red Sox tenure with a .260 average and an OBP of .292. His numbers were far higher while with the Rays and he is blaming the media for his struggles at the plate.
Crawford told CBS Sports that, “[the media] love it when you are miserable.”
“I think they want to see that in Boston. They love it when you’re miserable,” the 31-year-old said. “Burying people in the media, they think that makes a person play better. That media was the worst thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.”
The now Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder has to face abother big market and his personality is the biggest issue that this team has to face with him, besides all his injury issues from the past.
Crawford had numerous abilties that made him really good at baseball, but now he is letting the media get to his head. It is not close to the media’s fault that he started to play poorly in Boston, but the condition of his body and mind when on the playing field. He wanted to live up to his huge contract, but could not even deliver by getting on base 30 percent of the time.
Now, his Opening Day status is up in the air due to some numbness in the elbow that was surgically repaired in August. After seven days, the medical staff will look at him again. If it continues to give the left fielder any problems, then it may be another long season that the media is blamed for his poor play.