Allen Thomas Craig (born July 18, 1984) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2006, and he made his Major League debut with the Cardinals in 2010. Besides the outfield and first base, he has appeared at every position except pitcher, catcher and shortstop.
Each season in the minor leagues from 2007–09, Craig finished with a batting average of over .300 with at least 20 home runs. A .306 career hitter in MLB through 2013, he increased his production with runners in scoring position (RISP). In 2012, he posted a .400 batting average with RISP. The next season, he raised that figure to .454, the third-highest average of all time.
Craig has appeared in two World Series and in both made history. In the 2011 World Series, he tied a record by collecting three hits that drove in the game-winning run. In 2013, he became the first player to score a game-winning run on an obstruction call.
By Dean Hanley
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