JockBio Vital Stats
  • Boston Red Sox • Outfield
  • Height: 6' 2"
• Weight: 219 • Born:8/5/81
  • When Carl joined the Tampa Bay organization, he became one of six potential college quarterbacks in the minor-league system. The others were Kenny Kelly (Miami), Doug Johnson (Florida), Jason Standridge (Auburn), Marquis Roberts (Fresno State) and Doug Waechter (South Florida).
  • During Carl’s stint on Team USA in 2001, he became friends with Reds outfielder Austin Kearns.
  • Carl blamed his so-so 2001 season on not working out hard enough in the off-season. He has vowed never to make that mistake again.
  • Carl’s first pro at bat was an infield chopper that he beat out by a full stride. From that day on, he has always batted leadoff.
  • Carl led AL rookies in triples in 2002, despite playing only half a season. He was leading all minor leaguers in triples when he was called up.
  • In 2003, Carl’s 55 stolen bases made him the first Ray to lead the league in an offensive category.
  • In 2008, Carl became only the eighth player to get 1000 hits and 250 steals before his 27th birthday.
  • In 2008, Carl homered in his second World Series at-bat.
  • Carl’s seventh-inning single in Game 1 of the 2008 ALCS broke up a no-hitter by Daisuke Matsuzaka.
  • In a 2009 game against the Red Sox, Carl tied a modern record by stealing six bases. He joined Hall of Famer Eddie Collins and two other players in this elite club.
  • Carl was second in the AL to Jacoby Ellsbury with 60 stolen bases in 2009.
  • In 2010, Carl became the first position player to win the All-Star MVP without driving in a run since Willie Mays in 1968.
  • Carl was the fourth-youngest player in history to win a stolen base title. Only Ty Cobb, Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines were younger.
  • Carl and Cobb are the only players to reach 400 steals and 100 triples before their 30th birthdays.
  • Carl and Rogers Hornsby are the only players in history to increase their home runs and batting average in each of their first five seasons.
  • Carl is the only player since Arky Vaughn to reach 70 triples before age 26.
  • Upon Carl’s return to Houston for the 2004 All-Star Game, he was honored at City Hall by Mayor Bill White.
  • Carl moved his home from Houston to Phoenix in 2004 so he could workout more frequently with trainer Mark Verstegen, whose other clients include Curt Schilling and Nomar Garciaparra.
  • Carl is only they 8th American Leaguer to club a walk-off homer on Opening Day.
  • Carl is just the eighth player in history to amass 200 steals before his 25th birthday.
  • Carl has said is goal is to become the #1 Fantasy Baseball player.
  • Carl no longer uses weights in his off-season training. He prefers elastic bands so as not to bulk up. If he were still playing football, he estimates his weight would be over 230 pounds.
  • Carl is a graduate of Houston’s RBI program.
  • Carl does not wear a protective cup. This decision came back to haunt him when he was struck in the groin area by a pickoff throw in a 2010 game. He had to be treated in a hospital.


 

 


Austin Kearns, 2002 Bowman

 

 

 


Ty Cobb playing card


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