Boston Red Sox: 4 Reasons Carl Crawford Must Shine in 2012

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Boston Red Sox: 4 Reasons Carl Crawford Must Shine in 2012
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Carl Crawford's first year with the Boston Red Sox was just about as disastrous as a first year could get.

He couldn't have been further from the Crawford that played for the Tampa Bay Rays for the previous nine years. He hit a career low .255 average with only 18 stolen bases and 129 total hits.

Although his defense was better than his offense, his 2011 campaign may be best remembered by his inability to make a play on a fly ball against the Orioles in the last game of the season.

Crawford did undergo surgery this spring to repair his injured left wrist, but expects to make a full recovery and be ready to make up for last year.

Crawford must shine in 2012 or face some heavy consequences and criticisms.

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