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Carl Crawford expected to miss Australia trip for birth of child

Mar 15, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

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The Dodgers will leave tomorrow night in preparation for their two-game season-opening series against the Diamondbacks next Saturday and Sunday in Australia. However, they’ll likely do so without one of their regulars.

According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Carl Crawford is expected to stay behind in the United States for the birth of his child. Crawford’s fiancee could have the baby any day now, so he understandably doesn’t want to take the chance of missing out on the moment if it doesn’t happen before the team leaves tomorrow.

With Crawford expected to begin the year on the paternity leave list, Mattingly plans to play the matchups to fill the void in left field in Australia. We’ll likely see Scott Van Slyke get the call to start the season opener with left-hander Patrick Corbin on the hill for Arizona.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Someone should warn the doctor that since it has half of Carl’s DNA if he spanks it the whole damn baby may shatter.

    • dcarroll73 - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:27 AM

      Well played, sir. Well played indeed. LMAO

  2. chacochicken - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    His fiancee is Antoine Walker and Chad Johnson/Cinco ex-wife. See must have realized that MLB contracts are guaranteed. Zing!

    • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:28 PM


      A professional star effer.

      Good horse to hitch your wagon to, Carl.

      • cmtill14 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        You could say she “swung for the fences” with this one.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:07 PM

        Actually Crawford is probably the least talented athlete she has banged.

        Wait…I take that back. She’s probably banged tons of athletes at all levels….but he’s probably the least talented of the high profile athletes she has been connected to. At least as far as their peak performances go….I mean athletically, not sexually.

      • dcarroll73 - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Why does tf’s comment remind me of Dennis Rodman’s remark about Madonna, “Well, she wasn’t an acrobat …”?

  3. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    My congratulations go out to Carl and his wife on the birth of their child. Since I neither know her personally nor follow football at all, I have no opinion on Mrs. Crawford’s previous relationships. By all accounts Carl Crawford is a nice enough young man so I wish him well in fatherhood and in his relationship. Anyone lucky enough to find love and companionship and can share in the raising of a child together deserve a certain amount to support, no matter what their previous relationships might be.

  4. zdravit - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    The first and last time he’ll see his kid.

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