Today’s Best Stolen Bases

I looked around for videos of these two stolen bases and couldn’t find any. Luckily, it’s the fact that these happened at all that’s so wonderful. From You Can’t Predict Baseball’s Twitter feed:

You Can’t Predict Baseball hits on something great in the sport. While analytics become more and more precise in breaking down every aspect of baseball, the seemingly random and unexpected still happens.

Why would these be unexpected? For Martinez, it’s because the 35 year old former catcher has been almost exclusively a designated hitter since missing the entire 2012 season. A friend said of today’s steal, “How did Victor Martinez do that without any knees? Ya gotta have knees!” Which is true of base stealing.

For Ibanez, it’s because logic says a 41 year old man shouldn’t be stealing bases. Logic also says that of a man who’s on-field performance earned him a dedicated section at Lookout Landing for fuck-up .gifs Logic is neutral when it comes to the fact his surprising success at hitting home runs last year may have been due to a magic practice bat.

Author: James Brotheridge

Contributing Editor with Prairie Dog.

2 thoughts on “Today’s Best Stolen Bases”

  1. Victor Martinez is off to an amazing start. Besides 2 SBs he already has 9 homeruns. His career high, as a 28-yr-old, was 25. I don’t think he needs to or should steal 10 bases this year, but I’m definitely looking for a 25/5 season out of him in 2014. Furthermore, while it sucked to miss all of 2012 in what’s often considered the beginning of the end for most players, at 33, who knows, that may have done him some good. Being good at 35 in MLB sans steroids is rare.

  2. BTW he has only struck out 8 times in 150 plate appearances, too. DiMaggio numbers.

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