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Greater than 13

For years I would rush home from work and head south bound on I-275 towards the concrete bubble known as Tropicana Field. I would park my car and purchase my "Beach" seat which would cost me $5 or less and head inside. After a few moments I was able to sit up in the front row of the left field seats where I got a great view of # 13, Carl Crawford. This was the way of it. Win or lose I knew I could always count on Carl Crawford to justify driving 40 minutes and fighting through evening rush hour traffic. For years I would marvel at just how good Crawford was going to be. For years I would predict Carl Crawford winning a gold glove or hoisting a World Series trophy. I was right about one of the two. So, now that the news of Carl Crawford leaving Tampa Bay for "greener" pastors of Boston have had almost 24 hours to sink in, I want to take a moment to reflect on the greatness of Carl Crawford.

Was Carl the greatest Rays of all time? For now, I think so. Who knows what will happen or what will be written 10 years from now. But, let's take a moment to look a the records that Crawford currently holds for the Rays and see who is the next closest active Ray who could possibly surpass Carl Crawford.

 

Per Baseball-Reference.com:

BOLD indicates the player is still with the team.

WAR Position Players

Rank Player WAR Position Players PA
1. Carl Crawford 26.1 5389
2. Evan Longoria 18.1 1840
3. Julio Lugo 13.8 2149
4. B.J. Upton 13.1 2790
5. Carlos Pena 11.1 2371
6. Ben Zobrist 8.2 1784
7. Fred McGriff 7.9 2399
8. Aubrey Huff 7.5 3322
9. Rocco Baldelli 7.0 1901
10. Jason Bartlett* 6.8 1593

*As of 10:46pm on 12/09/10 Jason Bartlett was still on the Rays active roster.

Offensive WAR

Rank Player Offensive WAR PA
1. Carl Crawford 20.1 5389
2. Evan Longoria 13.9 1840
3. Carlos Pena 13.1 2371
4. Julio Lugo 12.6 2149
5. Aubrey Huff 12.5 3322
6. B.J. Upton 11.2 2790
7. Fred McGriff 9.6 2399
8. Jason Bartlett 8.2 1593
9. Ben Zobrist 8.1 1784
10. Rocco Baldelli 7.4 1901

Defensive WAR

Rank Player Defensive WAR PA
1. Carl Crawford 6.0 5389
2. Evan Longoria 4.2 1840
3. Gabe Gross 2.6 671
4. Miguel Cairo 1.9 1483
  B.J. Upton 1.9 2790
6. Jose Cruz 1.8 636
7. Rey Sanchez 1.7 307
8. Vinny Castilla 1.5 451
9. Bob Smith 1.4 914
  Kevin Stocker 1.4 804

Batting Average

Rank Player Batting Average PA
1. Carl Crawford .296 5383
2. Fred McGriff .291 2399
3. Jason Bartlett .288 1593
4. Aubrey Huff .287 3322
5. Julio Lugo .287 2149
6. Evan Longoria .283 1840
7. Akinori Iwamura .281 1526
8. Rocco Baldelli .280 1901
9. Randy Winn .279 2047
10. Toby Hall .262 2198

Games Played

Rank Player Games Played PA
1. Carl Crawford 1235 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 799 3322
3. B.J. Upton 667 2790
4. Toby Hall 586 2198
5. Fred McGriff 577 2399
6. Carlos Pena 566 2371
7. Randy Winn 519 2047
8. Julio Lugo 505 2149
9. John Flaherty 471 1802
10. Dioner Navarro 458 1672

At Bats

Rank Player At Bats PA
1. Carl Crawford 4992 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 3028 3322
3. B.J. Upton 2435 2790
4. Fred McGriff 2074 2399
5. Toby Hall 2050 2198
6. Carlos Pena 1935 2371
7. Julio Lugo 1919 2149
8. Randy Winn 1836 2047
9. Rocco Baldelli 1760 1901
10. John Flaherty 1673

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Plate Appearances

Rank Player Plate Appearances PA
1. Carl Crawford 5383 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 3322 3322
3. B.J. Upton 2790 2790
4. Fred McGriff 2399 2399
5. Carlos Pena 2371 2371
6. Toby Hall 2198 2198
7. Julio Lugo 2149 2149
8. Randy Winn 2047 2047
9. Rocco Baldelli 1901 1901
10. Evan Longoria 1840 1840

Runs Scored

Rank Player Runs Scored PA
1. Carl Crawford 765 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 400 3322
3. B.J. Upton 378 2790
4. Carlos Pena 330 2371
5. Julio Lugo 283 2149
6. Fred McGriff 277 2399
7. Randy Winn 264 2047
8. Evan Longoria 263 1840
9. Rocco Baldelli 258 1901
10. Ben Zobrist 218 1784

Hits

Rank Player Hits PA
1. Carl Crawford 1480 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 870 3322
3. B.J. Upton 633 2790
4. Fred McGriff 603 2399
5. Julio Lugo 550 2149
6. Toby Hall 538 2198
7. Randy Winn 513 2047
8. Rocco Baldelli 493 1901
9. Carlos Pena 461 2371
10. Evan Longoria 455 1840

Total Bases

Rank Player Total Bases PA
1. Carl Crawford 2217 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 1444 3322
3. B.J. Upton 1006 2790
4. Fred McGriff 1004 2399
5. Carlos Pena 999 2371
6. Evan Longoria 836 1840
7. Julio Lugo 807 2149
8. Toby Hall 784 2198
9. Rocco Baldelli 781 1901
10. Randy Winn 735 2047

Doubles

Rank Player Doubles PA
1. Carl Crawford 215 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 172 3322
3. B.J. Upton 146 2790
4. Evan Longoria 121 1840
5. Toby Hall 112 2198
6. Julio Lugo 107 2149
7. Fred McGriff 102 2399
8. Carlos Pena 96 2371
9. Rocco Baldelli 95 1901
10. Randy Winn 94 2047

Triples

Rank Player Triples PA
1. Carl Crawford 105 5383
2. Randy Winn 28 2047
3. Akinori Iwamura 21 1526
4. Rocco Baldelli 17 1901
5. Julio Lugo 15 2149
6. Jason Bartlett 13 1593
  B.J. Upton 13 2790
  Ben Zobrist 13 1784
9. Miguel Cairo 12 1483
10. Jonny Gomes 10 1470

Runs Batted In

Rank Player Runs Batted In PA
1. Carl Crawford 592 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 449 3322
3. Carlos Pena 407 2371
4. Fred McGriff 359 2399
5. Evan Longoria 302 1840
6. B.J. Upton 288 2790
7. Toby Hall 251 2198
8. Rocco Baldelli 239 1901
9. Ben Zobrist 223 1784
10. Julio Lugo 212 2149

Strikeouts

Rank Player Strikeouts PA
1. Carl Crawford 768 5383
2. B.J. Upton 690 2790
3. Carlos Pena 629 2371
4. Fred McGriff 433 2399
5. Jonny Gomes 413 1470
6. Aubrey Huff 412 3322
7. Evan Longoria 386 1840
8. Rocco Baldelli 351 1901
9. Randy Winn 347 2047
10. Greg Vaughn 340 1404

Singles

Rank Player Singles PA
1. Carl Crawford 1056 5383
2. Aubrey Huff 561 3322
3. B.J. Upton 407 2790
4. Fred McGriff 401 2399
5. Julio Lugo 388 2149
6. Toby Hall 381 2198
7. Randy Winn 367 2047
8. Rocco Baldelli 328 1901
9. John Flaherty 304 1802
10. Jason Bartlett 296 1593

 

 

Sacrifice Hits

Rank Player Sacrifice Hits PA
1. Carl Crawford 31 5383
2. Miguel Cairo 24 1483
  Dioner Navarro 24 1672
4. Jason Bartlett 20 1593
  Julio Lugo 20 2149
  Randy Winn 20 2047
7. Felix Martinez 15 591
  Jason Tyner 15 796
9. John Flaherty 14 1802
  Kevin Stocker 14 804

Sacrifice Flies

Rank Player Sacrifice Flies PA
1. Carl Crawford 35 5383
2. Toby Hall 26 2198
  Aubrey Huff 26 3322
4. Evan Longoria 25 1840
5. Carlos Pena 24 2371
6. Ben Zobrist 23 1784
7. John Flaherty 20 1802
8. Jonny Gomes 19 1470
  B.J. Upton 19 2790
10. Fred McGriff 17 2399

I will go out on a limb and say that it will a long time until we see someone break the stolen base record or triples record for the Rays. What about you draysbay? What will remember most about CC in a Rays uniform? What record do think will stand the test of time, if any? Is there a great moment that will stick out in your mind?

This post was written by a member of the DRaysBay community and does not necessarily express the views or opinions of DRaysBay staff.

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