Carl Crawford Improving Base-Stealing Approach

ESPN’s Buster Olney has a great 2 part video interview with Tampa Bay Rays’ LF Carl Crawford.  The article is for insiders only but the video is not so here it is!

Last season Crawford was 30 for 31 in stolen base attempts in the first 2 months. Following that his SB% numbers dropped precipitously. It was not because of fatigue but because he developed a bad habit.  As you will see from the video above, it is interesting that the smallest movement or bad habit can be the difference between a stolen base and an out.

In this video Crawford meets with new Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton and they discuss the finer points of hitting.

This being the final year of Crawford’s contract, expect big things from him this upcoming season. As well, keep your eyes peeled for the Rays’ new sky blue jerseys that they will debut this season.

Bonus coverage: The Evan Longoria Spring Workout

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  • Great video set into Carl’s training. He’s always been guilty of getting slow jumps. If he can solve that problem he’ll be next to unstoppable.

    I love Crawford’s quote in video #2 regarding an error in his hitting. Along the lines of “maybe I’m just getting lazy.” It’s nice to here a player admit to something like this, it shows that he wants to improve.

  • brent in Korea

    His face looks kind of “puffy”. Even in a rookie picture his face looks like that. I’m not saying he’s doing anything, it just strikes me that his face doesn’t seem to match the rest of his body.