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Carl Crawford's Dodgers makeover includes more stolen bases

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10:19 AM ET 02.16 | Carl Crawford's first season with the Dodgers wasn't perfect. Crawford failed to avoid the disabled list and played in only 116 games. He didn't steal as many bases as he wanted. But Crawford views the season as a triumph. "I finally found a place to start over again," he said. "Even though I'd like to have a better season than I had last season, it was a place for me to start. I feel like I can keep building on it." The former All-Star added that he regained the confidence he lost in the two injury-ravaged seasons before that, with the Boston Red Sox. "For me, that was a big hurdle," Crawford said. His mind now in the right place, the 32-year-old outfielder has set a new goal for the upcoming season: to remain healthy. Early last season, he showed what he is capable of doing. Even with his left elbow still healing from reconstructive surgery, Crawford batted .301 with five home runs and nine steals in his first 51 games. Crawford finished the season with respectable numbers -- he batted .283 and stole 15 bases -- but he wanted more. Living in Arizona over the winter, Crawford addressed his health problems by spending a significant part of his off-season at the Dodgers' spring-training complex. Under the supervision of Dodgers trainers, he worked to strengthen his core and back. Crawford, who was a four-time American League stolen-base champion with the Tampa Bay Rays, intends to become a threat on the basepaths again.

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February 16, 2014  10:26 AM ET

The Dodger's have the second deepest pockets in MLB. Lets' see if that translates into championships.

February 16, 2014  10:51 AM ET

Crawford will be injured by May.

February 16, 2014  11:06 AM ET

sigh....
and this is why I didn't like the length of the contract in the ellsbury signing
speed guys with injury issues are basically useless as they age

February 16, 2014  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Dodger's have the second deepest pockets in MLB. Lets' see if that translates into championships.

They are one heck of an expensive mash unit.

February 16, 2014  12:04 PM ET

Probably the fastest Dodger is Gordon - with his problem is defense for playing time, and offense for a chance to get on base to steal.

February 16, 2014  12:22 PM ET

So what? He must be that fourth outfielder because Kemp said he isn't. So why all the fuss about a back up?

February 16, 2014  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

sigh....and this is why I didn't like the length of the contract in the ellsbury signingspeed guys with injury issues are basically useless as they age

...unless they find Rickey Henderson's "fountain of youth."

February 16, 2014  02:20 PM ET

Good guy, was overpaid and overwhelmed by the media attention in Boston.
Would be good to see him come alive in LA.

February 16, 2014  02:53 PM ET

Yeah Carl, toss in 30 HRs while you're at it, that would be nice.

February 16, 2014  04:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Dodger's have the second deepest pockets in MLB. Lets' see if that translates into championships.

Crawford intends to go back to his old form except the injuries aren't going to allow him run freely!!

February 16, 2014  08:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Yeah Carl, toss in 30 HRs while you're at it, that would be nice.

Would 35 be better?

 
February 17, 2014  12:34 PM ET

Now that's something he's very capeable of doing!!!!!!

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