Now in the latter stages of his career, Carl Crawford is battling to remain healthy so he can play as part of a platoon in left field for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In his 13th season, gone are the days where Crawford is considered an undisputed starting outfielder. Nearing the twilight of his career, Crawford was recently honored for his time in the Arizona Fall League.
Crawford was one of two new members recently inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame. According to Alex Halsted of MLB.com, Crawford was honored to have been inducted:
I think it’s special. Any time you can get inducted into any type of Hall of Fame is good. I’m just glad they recognized me and decided to add me on. I’m definitely honored to be on the list.”
The AFL was established in 1992 and their Hall of Fame was created in 2001. It’s a means of recognizing the players who developed in the AFL and went on to have successful careers.
Crawford was inducted with Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals to bring the total number of members in the AFL Hall of Fame to 36.
The four-time All-Star led the AFL in hitting in 2001 while part of the Maryvale Saguaros. Shortly after, Crawford would go on to join the 2001 World Cup team that would go to Chinese Taipei.
Crawford reflected on his experience in the AFL and the benefit playing in the league provides:
It gives you confidence. You’re playing against the top players. If you had any uncertainty about your ability, you come in and play against the top guys and see where you’re at. It’s kind of a measuring tool to see where your skills are.”
The left-handed hitter now adds this accomplishment to an already decorated career. The 12-year veteran is the youngest player in MLB history to reach 100 home runs, 100 triples, and 400 stolen bases.
Crawford has also won a Silver Slugger Award, a Gold Glove Award, and was voted the 2009 All-Star Game MVP. The two players will be formally inducted in November.
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