Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
An article in today's News quoted Jim Leyland saying he'd like Austin Jackson to steal more bases this year. There's no doubt he's a pretty fast guy; to cover Comerica National Park like he does, you've gotta have some wheels.
To wit, the Tigers have brought in a "baserunning consultant" for spring training, ostensibly to teach guys -- Jackson very obviously included -- how to steal more bases (although there's probably going to be a "how to better run the bases" bit, too). And really, who doesn't love the excitement of a stolen base? The pitcher starts towards home, the runner takes off, the catcher snaps off a throw, and there's probably a cloud of dust at the end. Fun for the whole family.
Naturally, my eyes gravitated towards the comments section of the page at the bottom, which is normally reminiscent of a car wreck. But, a commenter posted something which made me think, which is a damn rare thing. I didn't really know what the answer to this would be, so let me turn it out to you folks for some ideas.
Let's say your batting order starts off like this:
And, let's say numbers 2 through 5 do what the Tigers are paying them to do, as we would expect them. Given that they're generally pretty good at advancing runners by virtue of being good at baseball... does Austin Jackson really need to steal more bases this year?
I leave it to you, BYB readers... this time I'm "crowdsourcing" my opinion.