• What If Jeff Conine & Jorge Posada Had A Race?

    Posted by on April 2nd, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Maybe the winner could then race Paul Konerko?

    Here’s a fun list - From 1955 to 2011, players with 6+ seasons of at least 100 games played where their SB total was better than 5 times their CS total. See below:

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Hank Aaron 9 1959 1974 25-40 Ind. Seasons
    2 Tim Raines 8 1983 1995 23-35 Ind. Seasons
    3 Rickey Henderson 8 1983 1998 24-39 Ind. Seasons
    4 Paul Konerko 7 1999 2009 23-33 Ind. Seasons
    5 Johnny Damon 7 1999 2010 25-36 Ind. Seasons
    6 Barry Larkin 7 1988 2004 24-40 Ind. Seasons
    7 Barry Bonds 7 1986 2007 21-42 Ind. Seasons
    8 Willie Mays 7 1955 1971 24-40 Ind. Seasons
    9 Mickey Mantle 7 1955 1962 23-30 Ind. Seasons
    10 Chase Utley 6 2005 2011 26-32 Ind. Seasons
    11 Alex Rodriguez 6 2001 2009 25-33 Ind. Seasons
    12 Carlos Beltran 6 2001 2008 24-31 Ind. Seasons
    13 Derek Jeter 6 2000 2009 26-35 Ind. Seasons
    14 Jorge Posada 6 1999 2009 27-37 Ind. Seasons
    15 Jeff Conine 6 1995 2007 29-41 Ind. Seasons
    16 Craig Biggio 6 1989 2005 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    17 Rafael Palmeiro 6 1988 2005 23-40 Ind. Seasons
    18 Stan Javier 6 1988 1997 24-33 Ind. Seasons
    19 Paul Molitor 6 1983 1995 26-38 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/2/2012.

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    Of course, the flaw here is that a guy with one steal and zero caught stealing would get credit for a season here. So, what if you said they needed at least 5 steals? Then you get this list:

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Tim Raines 8 1983 1995 23-35 Ind. Seasons
    2 Rickey Henderson 8 1983 1998 24-39 Ind. Seasons
    3 Johnny Damon 7 1999 2010 25-36 Ind. Seasons
    4 Hank Aaron 7 1959 1970 25-36 Ind. Seasons
    5 Willie Mays 7 1955 1971 24-40 Ind. Seasons
    6 Mickey Mantle 7 1955 1962 23-30 Ind. Seasons
    7 Chase Utley 6 2005 2011 26-32 Ind. Seasons
    8 Alex Rodriguez 6 2001 2009 25-33 Ind. Seasons
    9 Carlos Beltran 6 2001 2008 24-31 Ind. Seasons
    10 Derek Jeter 6 2000 2009 26-35 Ind. Seasons
    11 Craig Biggio 6 1989 2005 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    12 Barry Larkin 6 1988 1998 24-34 Ind. Seasons
    13 Stan Javier 6 1988 1997 24-33 Ind. Seasons
    14 Barry Bonds 6 1986 2007 21-42 Ind. Seasons
    15 Paul Molitor 6 1983 1995 26-38 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 4/2/2012.

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    Now, that’s what you would expect to see here – in terms of modern guys who were good base stealers.

    Comments on What If Jeff Conine & Jorge Posada Had A Race?

    1. KPOcala
      April 3rd, 2012 | 1:39 am

      Impressive that Mays, Mantle, and Aaron, all power hitters, who played top-notched defense were able to accomplish what they did. And that’s without the occasional ‘booster shot’ to refresh the legs, who’m were all post 1980 players. Must be coincidental, I’m “sure”…..

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