The file on Coco Crisp
As a young child, Covelli Crisp's grandmother called him "Co." Soon afterwards his siblings called him Coco after Cocoa Krispies cereal, and the nickname stuck. Crisp graduated from Inglewood High School in 1998, then played one season at Los Angeles Pierce Junior College. There he earned First Team All-Conference and was subsequently drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. Crisp worked his way up St. Louis' minor league system for three seasons before being traded to the Cleveland Indians.
Life as a Cleveland Indian
Crisp took over as the starting center fielder on Aug. 15, 2002 He finished the 2002 season with a .260 average. Over the next three years the switch-hitter battled for playing time with the Indians -- he split time between left field and center field. In his last two seasons with the Indians, Crisp hit 31 home runs with 140 RBI and 35 stolen bases. He was traded in Jan. 2006 to Boston after the Red Sox lost their center fielder Johnny Damon to free agency
The Los Angeles native spent three seasons with the Red Sox as the team's starting center fielder, winning one World Series. Crisp batted .271 with a .330 on-base percentage, 21 home runs and 70 stolen bases in his three-year career with Boston. In 2007, when the Red Sox won the World Series, Crisp struggled, as he had just a .181 average with two RBI in 13 playoff games. Following the 2008 season, Crisp was traded to the Royals. In his lone season with Kansas City, Crisp hit a career-low .228.
Welcome to Oakland
After the 2009 season, while recovering from shoulder surgery, Coco signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics for $5 million. The center fielder was limited to 75 games in his opening year with Oakland. Although he played in only 75 games, Crisp ranked No. 9 in the league with 32 stolen bases and posted an American League-best 91.43 stolen base percentage. His option was exercised for the 2011 season. Fully healthy in 2011, Crisp led the league with 49 steals -- including a four steal performance Aug. 6 against Tampa Bay. He played in 136 games that season as the A's finished 74-88.
Coco Crisp helps keep a relaxed mentality in the A's dugout. Crisp adopted the "Bernie Lean" as his walk-up song during the latter part of the 2012 season and it became a rallying point for the team and A's fans. He also has experimented with different hairstyles throughout his Oakland years, including his infamous afro or 'CoFro.'
Back to the playoffs
Crisp continued his growth as an A's player in 2012 as he led the team with 39 stolen bases. In addition, the 32-year old ranked second in doubles (25) and triples (7), and third in at-bats (455), runs (68), hits (118) and average (.259) among starters. He helped lead the A's to a 94-68 record that included an AL West title, and berth in the postseason for the first time since 2006. Unfortunately Crisp struggled in the playoffs again as he hit a measly .182 and the Athletics lost to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS, three games to two.
2013: Breakout performance
Crisp had a breakout season in 2013 at the plate for the A's. He became the first Oakland player since Ruben Sierra in 1993 and 1994 to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases. Crisp stole 21 bases in his age 33 campaign along with setting career-highs in home runs (22), runs scored (93) and walks (61). In five playoff games he had seven hits in 18 at-bats with two doubles and a .455 OBP. Following the season the Athletics exercised their club option for the 2014 season, and then signed their center fielder to a two-year contract worth $22.75 million. The deal includes a vesting option for 2017 based on plate appearances.