As analytics decimated baseball, MLB rushes to implement some tourniquets

The twins stand in the defensive innings against first baseman Jose Miranda, second baseman Luis Arez and shortstop Carlos Correa Orioles.

Just the other day, during lunch at a barbecue joint, with a Cleveland Guardians-Chicago White Sox game playing on a 100-inch television behind the bar, my attorney admitted he didn’t cotton the black Chicago jersey.

“I loved when the Socks had the red element, Like in the ’30s and ’50s,” he said,

I said, “You mean like ‘Go-Go Socks’?”

Yes. The 1959 Go-Go Sox didn’t hit a ton, but they were just as timid and fearless as their short shortstop Luis Aparicio, who tore down the basepath.

I said, “When was the last time a team was told ‘go-go’?”

He said, “A long time.”

In 1988, Ricky Henderson and Vince Coleman stole more than 80 bases. He was the last person to reach such heights.

The go-go is long, long is gone.

Large bases are placed on the field during some minor league games.

In 2013, there were eight players who stole more than 40 bases. In 2016, there were five. There were three in 2019.

This year, a friend has a shot: John Bertie—a 32-year-old, part-time utility player for the Miami Marlins who played college ball at Bowling Green and once had a cup of coffee with the Clippers—leads the major leagues. Stole 34 hideouts.

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