CC is a so-so defensive OF ... he can run and if he does not try to hit jacks, canget on base some. He should hit in the 8 hole in an NL offense depending if your catcher can get on base and hit more than his weight. If not it's the 7 hole.
He's an average all around player at best. Not worth the money he is being paid.But baseball is a business and he was smart enough to get someone to pay himthe big bucks. So good for him. Fools and their money are soon parted.
You're right about Crawford's weak defense going back on a fly ball over his head. But his speed gives him stong defense otherwise.
When I was at Fanfest last year walking on the field, I noticed that even though the warning track is a different color (brown) than the turf (green), it feels the same under foot. Since OFers are looking at the fly ball that's hit, I don't think they can feel when they're on the warning track (as in how close to the wall). Maybe they should install dirt as is b/w the infield and outfield turf.
You miss the point entirely. CC was fast and could get to balls others didn't. He also didn't get to balls other could reach because they were much more aggresive. How many times have you seen clips of guys like Tori Hunter, Ichiro and a zillion other outfielders over the years making "circus catches"? Now how many have you seen of CC...probably one...the one in the 2009 All Star game. There aren't five outfielders in MLB that couldn't get to balls that Crawford did, so get over your hyperbole...he did his job, nothing more, nothing less.
CC had plus-plus speed but just average baseball skills. He probably would have been better off taking that football scholarship they offered him...that was his true sport. I watched CC intently for years at the Trop and on TV...he never impressed me and he certainly never impressed anyone in Boston. He is not worth anywhere near 20M a season and in the competitive environment he will face in LA, I wouldn't be surprised to see him eventually relegated to coming of the bench as a pinch runner...ala Vince Coleman. He's a nice guy, but in the words of Leo Durocher....
I could never understand why the warning track at Tropicanas was not dirt! What they have makes no sense to me ... and its purpose is apprently to fool the TV viewer rather than to benefit the outfielders. I'd have to guess that whomever selected that option somehow thought (mistakenly) that he was installing some kind of "home field advantage". (???)
I never really thought Crawford was anythinhg special as an outfielder ... but I did think he had the potential to become a solid .285 to .300 hitter and, at least in his youth, he was a terror on the basepaths. While he was here ... he was the proverbial "big fish in a little pond" ... but the baseball experts in LA and Boston apparently failed to grasp that fact in their contract offers to him! If he doesn't become a headcase ... and can avoid further injury ... he might make a mark on the Dodgers offensively ... but ... if he blows too many plays in the outfield and hits .265 ... he's going to have another tough time even out there. I almost fell off the chair when I first heard "seven years for $147 million" !!!
Personally, I think there should be a salary cap in MLB as there is in the NFL and NBA ... and I think it should be set at $60 to $75 million, MAX, for the 25-man roster (that's an average of $2.4 million to $3 million per player ... more than enough!) ... and that ALL player contracts must be for three years, period ... and at the end of that contract, the team the guy was playing for has the first option to keep that player by matching the highest offer the player has received from other teams. Or some such arrangement! (???)