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Friday, February 22, 2019

The Nats want Trea Turner to attempt 75-80 stolen bases this year

When it comes to cliche spring training stories, we talk a lot about “Best Shape of His Life.” Sometimes we talk about the “[Pitcher] has been working on a changeup” or “[Hitter] has made an adjustment to his swing” stories too. Then there’s the “we’re really going to focus on fundamentals” quotes managers love to give in February and March. They’re evergreens.

Another one in that category is the “we’re going to run more” or “we plan to be aggressive on the base paths this year.” You hear that from at least one or two managers every spring. I imagine because, like the fundamentals one, it deals with something over which they have at least some moderate control. It’s a good quote.

We’re hearing it from Nats training camp this year with respect to one particularly speedy player in Trea Turner.

To be fair, abruptly running like crazy might be a perfect way to end the pitcher-and-batter shenanigans we’ve been so irritated by.

QLE Posted: February 22, 2019 at 06:43 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, stolen bases, trea turner

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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: February 22, 2019 at 02:17 PM (#5817407)
Tough call for my fantasy team. 3 keepers and I have to choose from Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, and Trea Turner. Turner was going to be the odd man out, but if they're actively encouraging him to run more, that should be some good SB numbers there.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: February 22, 2019 at 07:44 PM (#5817495)
Boy, tough competition there if you've got Trout, Harper, Soto and Turner all on one team. Though I get the feeling your best pitcher might be Jason Hammel.

Anyway, dump Bryce. (Or, if it's allowed, trade him and one of your other guys to a team with one awesome and two blah keeper options.
   3. DanG Posted: February 23, 2019 at 12:32 AM (#5817532)
80+ SB attempts since 2000:

Player        SBatt SB CS    SBRbaser  PA Year Age  Tm
Jose Reyes       99 78 21 78.79
%    6.4 765 2007  24 NYM
Juan Pierre      86 68 18 79.07
%    6.1 734 2010  32 CHW
Juan Pierre      85 65 20 76.47
%    3.6 747 2003  25 FLA
Luis Castillo    84 62 22 73.81
%    5.8 626 2000  24 FLA
Dee Gordon       83 64 19 77.11
%    5.6 650 2014  26 LAD
Scott Podsednik  83 70 13 84.34
%    7.3 713 2004  28 MIL
Jacoby Ellsbury  82 70 12 85.37
%    5.6 693 2009  25 BOS
Scott Podsednik  82 59 23 71.95
%    0.7 568 2005  29 CHW
Jose Reyes       81 64 17 79.01
%    7.5 703 2006  23 NYM
Jonathan Villar  80 62 18 77.50
%   -0.7 679 2016  25 MIL 

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