Robert Edward Crosby
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 195 lb.
- School California State University, Long Beach
- High School La Quinta High School (Westminster, CA)
- Debut September 2, 2003
- Final Game August 21, 2010
- Born January 12, 1980 in Lakewood, CA USA
Bobby Crosby was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2004, when he hit 22 home runs and 34 doubles. He played in seven major league seasons with the Oakland Athletics from 2003 to 2009, and split his last season between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Crosby was a star player at Long Beach State University, where he was 2000 Big West Conference All-Star shortstop and 2001 Big West Conference Player of the Year. In 2000, he also won the Jacques Reuvers Award during Haarlem Baseball Week. He was picked in the first round of the 2001 amateur draft by the Athletics and had a terrific 11 games in Modesto of the California League.
Back in 2002 at Modesto, he hit .307 in half a season and was called up to Midland of the Texas League where he hit .281. The following year, in 2003, he starred at Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League, posting a batting line of .308/.395/.544 and being named Baseball America First Team Minor League All-Star shortstop as well as PCL Rookie of the Year. He had a brief cup of coffee with the major league team in 2003.
In 2004, although he was Rookie of the Year, his limitations were apparent. He hit only .239, he struck out 141 times, and he grounded into 20 double plays. However, his power and his range factor in the field could not be overlooked. He was the sixth Athletic to be named Rookie of the Year.
In 2005 and 2006, Crosby has struggled with injuries, being put on the disabled list four different times. In 2005, although he missed half a season, his numbers of .276/.346/.456 were all notably better than in the previous season. In 2006, his numbers were back down again. In the second half of 2006, he struggled with a back injury that greatly limited his playing time. he ended the year with a .229 average in 96 games.
Crosby was only 27 in 2007, and so should have been coming into his best years if he could have stayed healthy. Through 2005, the most similar player to Crosby, based on the similarity scores method, was his contemporary of almost the same age, Khalil Greene, although the shape of Greene's major league career had been somewhat different. Through 2007 several of the most similar players to Crosby were catchers, indicative of the fact that Crosby's batting average through 2007 has been low while he has shown decent power. In 2007, though, he again missed a lot of playing time, getting into only 93 games, and hit a modest .226. He did have a bit of power, with 16 doubles and 8 homers, but drew only 23 walks and his OPS+ was a very poor 67. In 2008, he was healthy again, playing 145 games, but hit .237, with an OBP under .300. He did slug 39 doubles, score 66 runs and drive in 61, but overall his offensive game still remained well below average.
Bobby played one final season with the Athletics in 2009, but by then it was clear that he was not going to be anywhere as good as he had appeared to be early in his career. He hit only .223 in 97 games, with 24 walks, for another OBP under .300, and only 10 doubles and 6 homers. For the first time, he was no longer a shortstop, splitting his time between first base and third base. The A's did not attempt to retain his services any further, and the Pittsburgh Pirates signed him instead, although with no intention of making him a starter. But even playing for a last-place team, his .224 average with only 9 extra-base hits in 61 games was not enough, and at the trading deadline, he was dumped on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a five-player trade. he went 2 for 12 for the D-Backs before getting his unconditional release before the end of August, bringing his career to a temporary end.
- 2004 AL Rookie of the Year Award
- 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2004)
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