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Not everyone a Carl Crawford fan

Crawford Carl Crawford is the most overrated hitter in baseball, according to one reporter. The Chicago Tribune runs a cool little feature called "Four Corners,'' which gets takes from four reporters about various subjects. Monday's question asked "Who is the most overrated hitter in baseball?''

You can read the entire column by clicking here, but I'll give you a brief rundown. The Tribune's Phil Rogers picked Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki. The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connelly chose the Mets' Jose Reyes. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times chose Boston's J.D. Drew. And Mandy Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call picked ... Carl Crawford of your Tampa Bay Rays.

Housenick wrote:
It would be easy to pick on cheaters such as Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, whose numbers have gone down dramatically since their little secrets were discovered. But neither of these 'roiders really matters in 2010.

One talented player who has failed to take that next big step toward stardom is Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford. He is fast. Really fast. He can hit for average and power. But he has yet to do it all for an extended period of time, something that, combined with the Rays' dominant pitching, would really distance them from the Yankees and everyone else in baseball.

Crawford has stolen 10 bases but has been caught four times. And his on-base percentage (.373) is lower than even Ichiro's career OBP. Sluggers are expected to have a high OBP because of walks. The same is expected of speedsters. But for Crawford's OBP to be behind the likes of aging slow folks Bengie Molina, Magglio Ordonez and Todd Helton, well, that's just ridiculous.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 8, 2010 3:17pm]


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