- 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
- 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 Devil Ray to lead the league in an
- Carl was the fourth-youngest
player in history to win a stolen base title. Only Ty Cobb, Rickey Henderson
and Tim Raines were younger.
- 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 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.
Austin Kearns, 2002
Ty Cobb playing
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