Originally Posted by Cant Touch This
I think you have to include doubles...Hamilton will likely score from first base on most doubles. However, I still disagree with the argument of the leadoff hitter not stealing bases in front of Votto.
I guess I took the statement to the extreme and interpreted it as "anyone is in scoring position with Votto at the plate". I think Billy could score from first on some (or most) doubles, so the point is taken .
If you don't run Billy when he has a high chance to succeed, you are wasting his talent and costing yourself runs. Someone posted an article months ago that said the pitcher had to deliver the ball to homeplate in 1.1 seconds for the catcher to have a chance at catching Billy.. that's just nuts.
I guess another way to think of it.. Suppose Frasier hits a ball to the OF. He has an easy single, but has an 80-85% chance of stretching it into a double. I think most of us would want Frasier to take the chance.. it's the same thing with Billy stealing.
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