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Tribe to be more of a running team this year?

Postby Hermie13 » Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:10 am

We all know the Tribe hasn't really been a base stealing or running team for a long while (briefly with Lofton, Omar, and Alomar but that's it lately)....

but with Crowe now being the 4th OFer and both Barfield and Carroll on the bench....could the tribe start running a lot more? Through today, the Indians are tied for 7th most SBs this spring with 28. They also have been successful over 75% of the time (good for a tie for 8th best).

Along with the bench guys that have speed (which includes Crowe's 7 for 7!) have Grady (obviously)....and Ben Francisco even. People sometimes forget Benny stole at least 20 bases every year in the minors but twp (had 15 & 16 those years) and had 42 in 2002 between college and his pro debut! He's got 4 this spring (though caught 3 times). People tend to forget he stole 25 bases in 2007 between Akron and Buffalo before his August callup. Only has 1 this spring but is reportedly lighter and in the best shape he's been in the last 2 years.

Is it possible Wedge may give those guys the green light to steal more?

With Hafner still coming back from injury, there's isn't really any 'big' power in the lineup (lots of decent power) other than Grady it does make some sense to try and steal bases more this year....

Just something I noticed. Seemed like all around there was a lot more running going on this spring.....but maybe I just noticed it more and there really wasn't any more than usual...

But seems like this offense can be very, very dangerous if you can mix in this new speed with the power that's there.....

Curious as to what others think of this.....
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