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Carl Crawford ends career being paid not to play

As the 2017 Major League Baseball regular season came to close, so did the career of Carl Crawford, who last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Crawford signed a 142 million dollar contract in December 2010. At that time, he was playing for the Red Sox, but he was later traded to the Dodgers and suffered a series of injuries which prematurely ended his career. According to CNN, Crawford spent the summer of 2017 making 22 million dollars to not play baseball.

Crawford was known for his speed, but he started to go downhill in 2012, when he only stole 23 bags. Crawford described the series of injuries as being “Like leaks springing from a hose, once that process starts, the flow that once was so strong slows to a trickle.”

As Bleacher Report explained, “He was chasing his own ghost, and he no longer had the legs to catch up.”

Crawford, a four time All-Star champion, batted .290/.330/.435 over the course of his career. He hit 136 home runs, had 766 runs batted in, and had over 480 steals.