Stealing home plate is the new... well, I don't know what you'd compare it to, but it's something of a phenomenon in the major leagues this season. Three weeks ago, Boston's Jacoby Ellsbury did it on Sunday Night Baseball versus the Yankees. And last week, the Phillies' Jayson Werth stole home, as part of a four-steal night. We'll count Michael Bourn's theft for the Astros, as well, though it was part of a double steal, not a straight steal.
There were four straight steals of home last season (11 altogether), and already two this year. So there's plenty of time on the schedule for others to join the club.
Curtis Granderson induced the Twins' Jesse Crain into a balk by faking a steal attempt in Minnesota last Wednesday. But might he go all the way at some point? We've already seen a more aggressive Tigers team on the basepaths this season. That brings us to this week's poll question:
Will a Tiger steal home plate this year?
I was originally going to list the players that might steal home, but figured the choices would be limited to Granderson or Josh Anderson. (But maybe we shouldn't underestimate Ramon Santiago, just because he seems to be capable of anything this season.)
Your comments on the subject are also welcome. You can find the poll on the right sidebar below the FanPosts block. Or you can vote here. And if you have suggestions for future poll questions, shoot me an e-mail.
How did our last poll go?
I'm guessing Jason Beck's web presence (MLB.com, his blog, Twitter) was going to make him the choice for favorite Tigers beat reporter. But I wonder if Jon Paul Morosi have gotten more votes if he wasn't leaving the Freep for FOXSports.com? Alas...
Who's your favorite reporter on the Tigers beat?
2% John Lowe
13% Tom Gage
24% Jon Paul Morosi
17% Lynn Henning
38% Jason Beck
2% Steve Kornacki
2% Jim Hawkins