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Speed Not Required


I somehow missed a very important Braves milestone last week.  Last Wednesday night, David Ross stole his first career base, after nearly 190o PA.  He removed his name from the top 5 of this dubious list:

Rk Player PA SB From To G CS BA OBP SLG
1 Russ Nixon 2715 0 1957 1968 906 7 .268 .310 .361
2 Chris Snyder 2386 0 2004 2012 691 3 .226 .330 .386
3 Johnny Estrada 2244 0 2001 2008 612 0 .277 .317 .400
4 Aaron Robinson 2191 0 1943 1951 610 6 .260 .375 .412
5 Ryan Garko 1752 0 2005 2010 463 1 .275 .347 .434
6 Ted Lyons 1725 0 1923 1946 704 1 .233 .270 .285
7 Phil Niekro 1707 0 1964 1987 866 1 .169 .183 .211
8 Javier Valentin 1663 0 1997 2008 631 0 .251 .310 .402
9 Al Ferrara 1573 0 1963 1971 574 1 .259 .344 .423
10 Matt LeCroy 1539 0 2000 2007 476 4 .260 .326 .440
11 Jason Phillips 1537 0 2001 2007 465 5 .249 .314 .370
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Generated 8/15/2012.

As one would expect, the top four spots all belong to catchers.  Lyons and Niekro are the only pitchers above 1500 PA on the list, though pitchers comprise a large amount of the list after this.  Robinson was the only player to surpass 5 career WAR (offensively), managing an 11.5 figure.  If he was known for anything, it would be that he was the bridge between Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra behind the plate for the Yankees.  He didn’t get any major league experience until age 30, which eliminated most chances to become a remembered player.

While the stolen base was a nice moment for Ross, let’s hope he doesn’t think he’s Michael Bourn now.  He must have felt pretty ambitious that night, as the picture above was the same night.  Pushing Phillies into the dugout will always be accepted in my book, however.

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  • http://twitter.com/CarlosCollazo__ Carlos Collazo

    Hahaha classic.