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    Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    02-28-2006
    Freel's target: 60 steals
    Marc Lancaster

    SARASOTA, Fla. - Reds utiltyman Ryan Freel has decided he'd like to steal 60 bases this year. He had 36 last season, and he figures if he stays healthy he'll have a shot. Freel missed 39 games on two trips to the disabled list this year.

    But the factor that might put him over the top, in his opinion, is Billy Hatcher joining the coaching staff.

    "I learned more in 15 minutes of talking to him than I have in 13 years of pro ball," Freel said Monday.

    Hatcher, who stole 53 bases in 62 attempts for the Houston Astros in 1987, knows of what he speaks. Freel said the new first base coach already has taught him how to pick up more cues from pitchers rather than rely mostly on instincts - particularly when pitchers go to a slide-step delivery in an effort to thwart the running game.

    http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs....602280330/1027
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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    60 steals is a tall order for a part-time player...

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    He shouldn't be a part time player, he should get every possible start at 2nd.

    If he breaks down he breaks down, till then he should be a regular.
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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Code:
    STOLEN BASES                  YEAR     SB       CS       RB       EBH      OBA      SEC    
    T1   Bob Bescher              1911       80        0      272       43     .385     .396   
    T1   Eric Davis               1986       80       11      184       45     .378     .602   
    3    Dave Collins             1980       79       21      223       27     .366     .307   
    4    Bob Bescher              1910       70        0      232       34     .344     .345   
    T5   Joe Morgan               1975       67       10      298       50     .466     .580   
    T5   Joe Morgan               1973       67       15      282       63     .406     .512   
    T5   Bob Bescher              1912       67       10      243       44     .381     .389   
    8    Joe Morgan               1976       60        9      266       62     .444     .625   
    T9   Joe Morgan               1974       58       12      273       56     .427     .549   
    T9   Joe Morgan               1972       58       17      282       43     .417     .457

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    The value of 60 steals will be determined by the number of times caught.
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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    I'd love to see Freel unleashed like that.
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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Quote Originally Posted by flyer85
    The value of 60 steals will be determined by the number of times caught.
    Or the percent of times you got an extra base after just reaching first.

    In ED's case it was 57.5% of the time he got an extra base and 8% of the time he got picked off.

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Quote Originally Posted by TeamBoone
    "I learned more in 15 minutes of talking to him than I have in 13 years of pro ball," Freel said Monday.
    I suspect that Ryan meant this only as a compliment to Hatcher, but I'll be darned if, at first glance, it didn't appear to be a major slap in the face to Billy's predecessor.

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    The way I see it, we know he can steal 5 bags in a game, so he just needs 12 starts and he's golden...

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Ya ya ya. Preseason steal talk. And I think back to Adam Dunn last offseason. Dunn said he was gonna be aggressive and start taking off more. And he went, what? 4 for 6 all year? The stolen base is a lost art and while I admit the threat is there for Freel, I'd say he's going for about 42 SB, not 60.

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Quote Originally Posted by BRM
    60 steals is a tall order for a part-time player...

    agreed

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    What I hear from Freel is that "a light went on". This team can use as many lights being turned on as possible.

    A lot of Freel's success will depend upon whether or not he has someone batting behind him who takes pitches.
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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric_Davis
    A lot of Freel's success will depend upon whether or not he has someone batting behind him who takes pitches.
    And how often he plays.

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Quote Originally Posted by BRM
    And how often he plays.
    And if he can keep out of trouble with the law.

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    Re: Freel's target: 60 steals (2/28)

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainHook
    I suspect that Ryan meant this only as a compliment to Hatcher, but I'll be darned if, at first glance, it didn't appear to be a major slap in the face to Billy's predecessor.
    Well, he did say it was more than he learned in 13 years. But then again, maybe the last two felt like thirteen.
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