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Orlando Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals

May 3, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

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Orlando Hudson is a 33-year-old who’s never stolen more than 10 bases in a season and the Twins let him walk as a free agent while talking about wanting to add more speed to the lineup at his position.

All of which makes this pretty remarkable: Hudson has already tied his career-high with 10 steals in just 28 games.

He’s typically been an efficient base-stealer, but Hudson has never even attempted more than 15 steals in a season. Right now he’s on pace to go 56-for-56.

Dan Hayes of the North County Times writes that, unlike Hudson’s previous teams, the Padres are encouraging him to run freely, and Hudson explained all the running by noting that San Diego’s lineup isn’t well-suited for station-to-station ball so he’s “doing whatever I can to get that extra base.”

All true, but it’s worth noting that despite all that running Hudson has only scored nine runs in 28 games. His fantasy owners are no doubt thrilled, but it hasn’t had much of an on-field impact yet.

  1. BC - May 3, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    So the question is, is it the clear or the cream?

    • Jeremiah Graves - May 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      Undoubtedly it’s the PF Flyers.

      If they helped Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez outrun “the Beast” they can definitely help O-Dawg swipe a few extra bags.

  2. icanspeel - May 3, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    It’s hard to steal home or else he’d have more runs scored.. Padres just can’t hit with runners in scoring position. Then again they can’t hit with runners not in scoring position either.

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