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Thursday, January 14, 2021

After 17 pickoff throws, he still stole second

It was June 1, 1986, and it was a big day for Reds starter Chris Welsh.

The 31-year-old was making his debut for Cincinnati—the hometown team he grew up cheering for—and he was excited.

“Yeah, I had my family and my friends there,” Welsh, now a Reds broadcaster and author, tells MLB.com. “I remember it as clear as you can look back from now to 1986.”

But right away, the lefty got himself into trouble: He walked Vince Coleman.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year was the fastest man on the planet and 1985’s stolen base king. He’d once been clocked at a blistering 31.6 feet/second. He’d swipe close to 550 bags in his first six big league seasons. He was not a guy you wanted anywhere near the basepaths.

“You knew when he was on base, his number one goal was to steal. Period,” Welsh says.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2021 at 09:29 AM | 16 comment(s)
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