Tony Clark is my son wrote:Remember, when looking for stolen bases, avoid the Red Sox, A's, and Blue Jays. None of them guys steal, even if they're capable of it.
Which brings me to one of my surprises in '04. I thought Miguel Tejada would steal more than 4 bases, as he stole 28 in the previously three years with the OAKLAND A'S
Well, that's because his success rate was outstanding. I suspected the same thing, but maybe it's because he was the #3 hitter. Baltimore only wants a certain section of their players to run, and the 150-RBI guy isn't the runner.
I was also suprised Tejada didn't run more last season considering he went from a team that doesn't run ( where he was stealing) to a team that does. I don't buy that "150 RBI guy isn't the runner" stuff.
Just because the guy is an RBI machine why should that mean he doesn't get the green light? He stole 10 bases from 10 attempts in 2003 with Oakland when he was only hitting .278 and not entirely healthy. With that in mind I rated him No. 2 SS behind A-Rod and drafted him second in 4 of my five teams hoping for 15-20 steals on top of his power numbers.
The last 3 seasons his stolen base success rate is over 85%. Naturally I was rapt with his production last season but why didn't the O's let him run more in 2004?