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Notes: Padres hope to slow baserunners

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by wrbanwal, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    But coaching staff won't alter mechanics of veteran pitchers

    I hope they do something!! Every single turned into a double ain't gonna get it done!!!


    PEORIA, Ariz. -- There is a plan in place this spring for Padres pitchers and catchers to address their woeful record of slowing the opposition from stealing as many bases as it did a year ago.

    That said, there won't be any greater emphasis placed on slowing the running game than any other aspect of pitching and catching as the Padres move forward in Spring Training toward the regular season.

    "A lot of people are hung up on the stolen base. But we know, ultimately, you stop guys from scoring by getting guys out at the plate," manager Bud Black said. "With that said ... we want to improve on all areas."

    Last season, the Padres were ranked last in the Major Leagues in allowing stolen bases, throwing out only 10.5 percent (20 of 189) of would-be basestealers. The Major League average was 26 percent.

    Opposing teams ran the most on Chris Young (44 stolen bases, none caught) and Greg Maddux (23 steals, two caught), though that's hardly surprising since those two might have the most deliberate deliveries on the staff.

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