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Crisp a worthy All-Star

The A's center fielder has transformed himself into an impact player

Updated: June 16, 2013, 12:15 PM ET
By Dave Cameron | ESPN Insider

Coco Crisp is not a big guy. He's listed at 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, and those numbers are often fudged upwards a bit. He's been a big leaguer since 2002, and has spent a majority of that time hitting leadoff. He plays center field, and he's also one of the most effective base stealers in the sport.

If ever there was a poster child who represents the skills that allow a little guy to be a quality big league role player, it's Coco Crisp. He's had a long career as exactly the kind of player you imagine when you see a relatively short baseball player.

Except now, at age 33, Crisp is becoming a power hitter. Well, actually, he started becoming a power hitter last summer, and it's carried over to the 2013 season to the point that it's getting noticed. His transformation is one of the more amazing stories in baseball, and he's proved to be worthy of the All-Star Game.

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