Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Kornacki: Leyland hopes Austin Jackson steals more bases

Not exactly the latest “Steve Speak”...but it’ll do.

Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland was asked what he wanted to see from Jackson, 26, in his fourth season.

“Just to maintain,” Leyland said. “If Austin Jackson does what he did last year and added a few extra stolen bases, I’d be a happy man.”

Steals is the lone area where Jackson’s game has declined. His stolen bases continued to drop, from 27 as a rookie to 22 in 2011 and only 12 last season.

...Still, when reporters spoke with Jackson about this on Monday morning, he was a bit ambivalent about the need to steal more bases. Jackson noted that he has a row of RBI machines behind him in the batting order: Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez.

“You’ve got those guys batting behind you,” Jackson said, while shrugging his shoulders. “They can win the game with one swing. I didn’t feel I needed to (steal).”

Leyland admitted that there are plenty of times not to run with that kind of lumber coming up to bat. Why risk taking a potential run off the bases with a bevy of power hitters lined up?

But I asked Jackson about the validity of stealing in the late innings of a game that is tied or when the Tigers are behind by one run.

“I don’t know,” Jackson said. “I just had a tough time with it last year.”

Repoz Posted: February 19, 2013 at 04:24 AM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: tigers

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Backlasher
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogMLB season preview: Five over/unders you can count on in 2019
(9 - 3:09am, Mar 23)
Last: John Reynard

NewsblogOT - 2018-19 NBA thread (All-Star Weekend to Twelfth of Never edition)
(869 - 2:34am, Mar 23)
Last: Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean

NewsblogDon't expect Mookie Betts to become the next MLB star to sign a huge extension
(10 - 1:58am, Mar 23)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogMets to change Citi Field address to honor Tom Seaver, will unveil plans for statue
(3 - 12:41am, Mar 23)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogThe Franchise Bids Farewell
(5 - 12:12am, Mar 23)
Last: gehrig97

NewsblogTexas Rangers: Calhoun’s reaction to demotion not ideal | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
(31 - 11:13pm, Mar 22)
Last: Sunday silence

NewsblogOT - Catch-All Pop Culture Extravaganza ([most of] March 2019)
(387 - 11:06pm, Mar 22)
Last: PreservedFish

NewsblogBaseball’s new frontier: Inside the looming battle between players and teams over the new data – The Athletic
(1 - 10:39pm, Mar 22)
Last: Jack Sommers

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-22-2019
(15 - 9:50pm, Mar 22)
Last: bbmck

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1914 Discussion
(8 - 7:39pm, Mar 22)
Last: John (You Can Call Me Grandma) Murphy

NewsblogMLB concerned at number of strikeouts, says Torre
(101 - 7:03pm, Mar 22)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

Sox TherapyReport from the Fort
(17 - 6:53pm, Mar 22)
Last: Jose is an Absurd Kahuna

Hall of Merit2020 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(180 - 6:04pm, Mar 22)
Last: kcgard2

NewsblogReframing WAR at Fangraphs
(184 - 5:23pm, Mar 22)
Last: .

NewsblogESPN Reasserting Commitment to Baseball through Baseball Tonight
(11 - 5:13pm, Mar 22)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

Page rendered in 0.2144 seconds
46 querie(s) executed