Braves demise not exxagerated

Carl Crawford is walking more and emerging into one of the best leadoff men in baseball.

Updated: June 1, 2004, 4:05 PM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
I think it's high time we read a few of your letters. Yesterday, I discussed the best and worst leadoff men of 2004 so far. That prompted this response:

    Jim: I read your article on Leadoff men: well written, but no mention of Carl Crawford? His OBP is only .348, due mostly to lack of walks, but its only his 3rd season, he's at the top of the league in stolen bases with 21, and he's scored 28 runs on a team that can't drive anyone in. His OBP when he's leading off an inning is .392, and whenever he's on base he's a threat to steal not only 2nd, but 3rd as well. Two or three years from now, I think he will be the top leadoff hitter in baseball.

    Alex Einhorn
    Boston, Massachusetts

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