Is Julio Rodríguez the Next Prince?

In the course of sports history there are some negative statistics. From Wilt Chamberlain, who averaged 48.5 minutes per game in the 1961-62 season (there are still 48 minutes in the NBA game), to Wayne Gretzky, who has many of the services that he will be the NHL captain. important points even if it has. Never scoring a goal, some stars have left information so far that talking about them can seem pointless.

Rickey Henderson, a good vagabond traveler who often finds his way back to Oakland, is on that road with stolen bases. And according to the popular Twitter account Super 70s Sports recorded on ThursdayHenderson began May 12, 1982 as the MLB leader in plagiarism – with 35.

It’s a number that seems more absurd than you look at it. Last year only two players managed to secure more bases all season. In 2019, only five players got there. Henderson, who in 1982 was on his way to a record 130 steals in 172 attempts, was on average more than one steal a game in mid-May. It’s a pace so relentless that it throws off the curve on other secret base conversations.

If you can adjust your hopes of stealing back to modern reality, however, Julio Rodríguez of the Seattle Mariners is off to a great start in his new era. He and the Mariners will open the scoring against the first-place Mets at Citi Field starting Friday evening, and with the league-big 10 steals in 11 attempts, Rodríguez, 21, is in the first game with 50 or more. In a season since Dee Strange-Gordon turned 60 in 2017.

Can Rodríguez be the future of baseball, as he boldly said before this season? absolutely. Could he be the electrician for Henderson and the game’s another major threat? Not that he kept his recent temperature on the plate.

Rodríguez’s transition to majors was initially difficult. After falling on April 29, it hit .211 with .550 on-average plus slugging percentage. He has reduced some of his negative gains with defensive tackles and by the violence of the bases: Through 19 games, he has had nine big-league leagues. the root was stolen. Since then, its plate miracle has arrived, with .835 OPS in 12 games – but it has stolen just one more.

It is too far to tell what happens to young athletes like Rodríguez. But in the current environment, it is not surprising for a player to be able to hit, especially someone who can hit a force like Rodríguez, to focus on that not is finding ways to commit crimes by stealing the base.

In the 1980s, pitchers’ nightmares were filled with images of Tim Raines, Vince Coleman or Henderson as the longtime leader. But in recent years, even players with a mix of speed and experience stealing in large numbers have gone the other way. From Mike Trout bulking to focusing on his power to Trea Turner trying to protect his body from wear and tear, the game’s ultimate root stealers have walked away from what has been used to become a very successful business.

Overall, the team is averaging 0.49 steals a game this season, which is a small increase from last year but could also be the fourth season in a row where the average is lower. 0.5. That is down from the current peak of 0.85 a game in 1987 – the time of Raines, Coleman and Henderson. In winter, small portions can be added. Last season the Kansas City Royals led MLB with 124 hijackers; in 1987, the average robbery team 138.

Major League Baseball has identified this as an issue. A single player goes out for the second time, delivering a single pass from the crowd, resulting in a better game than a few home solo runs and ten strikeouts. Thus MLB, as it’s experiment of small groups, has made it important to find ways to support the run such as limiting the number of times a pitcher can get out of the pitcher in a team up and get the pitchers off the treadmill before trying to pick one over the other.

However, sometimes it can be thought of without José Reyes, let alone Henderson. As we wait to see if MLB initiatives can cause tooth decay, it is worth noting that there is an ebb and flow to statistics in baseball and that we are not on the nadir of stealing foundations.

There were only six seasons when the major leagues below 0.3 stole a game, and all between 1949 and 1956. In 1957, the Washington Senators created a truly unbelievable record, steal only 13 bases as a group in a class. of 154 games. Most importantly, they were caught trying to steal 38 times.

A year later, Henderson was born in Chicago and was about to steal 1,406 records.

And he’s not just Henderson. The resurgence of robberies after the Depression of the 1950s was rapid. In 1958, Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants led the big business with only 31 robbers. By 1962, Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers had changed the game – and set a new record today – with 104.

Thefts occur so many times that in 1976, 10 players were 50 or more at the same time, and the average number of thefts increased to 0.7 per game – a picture of it will reach 22 consecutive seasons.

In the spirit, returning to Thieves’ base may not seem like much now, but all he needs to do is get the player to want to do it and the team doesn’t tell him to. stop. Recurrences can explode from that.

If this happened, Henderson would not have to sleep about his case.

If Rodríguez, or others, get to 50 in a season, they can repeat this show for 28 consecutive seasons and still be short of the Henderson tie. It is not impossible, of course, but like the performances of Chamberlain and Gretzky, it is unbelievable that it is best not to spend too much time thinking about who can threaten him.

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