As the offseason goes on, the Los Angeles Dodgers continue to pick up accolades.
Clayton Kershaw has picked up numerous awards, Adrian Gonzalez and Zack Greinke won Gold Gloves and Dee Gordon is up for an award. While the postseason didn’t end like the Dodgers envisioned, their offseason has been strong because of their regular season play.
On Tuesday night at Salt River Fields, another Dodger was honored as outfielder Carl Crawford was inducted into the Arizona Fall League Hall of Fame. Crawford played with the Maryvale Saguaros in 2001 after being a second-round pick in 1999 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
Crawford reflected on the achievement via William Boor of MLB.com:
It feels good,” Crawford said. “You’re inducted in the Hall of Fame in a league where a lot of other good players played. To be picked as one of the inductees is really, really special.”
His number 44 uniform was retired, along with former teammate Dustin Pedroia. In 2001, Crawford had a .386 batting average in the AFL. He credits the league for helping him get a big league vibe, as well as for the friendships and memories he created.
Since then, Crawford has played 13 years in the major leagues for the Rays, Boston Red Sox and now with the Dodgers. He’s been an All-Star four times and won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award in 2010. In his 13 seasons, he has a career batting average of .292 and is 30 stolen bases away from 500.
Crawford may be mentioned in trade rumors this offseason, but he will likely enter 2015 as the Dodgers everyday left fielder.