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Must-Click Link: Coco Crisp on the art of base stealing

Mar 20, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT

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Grantland’s Jonah Keri sat down with Coco Crisp and some video of a few of his stolen bases and got Crisp to talk about what he was doing in each instance, what he was looking for and why he was successful in each instance.

That’s really it. And it’s both fantastic from a baseball insight perspective and from a how-to-integrate-video-and-technology-in-media perspective too.

Just great, great stuff.

  1. APBA Guy - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    This is a fabulous, though lengthy, article. What sticks out is how much detail Crisp sees, processes and stores about a pitcher’s moves, tic, and quirks. Fascinating.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      I especially liked the bit about being smarter as you get older so you remain successful.

    • cur68 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      Covelli’s definitely up there with an idea, not juts guessing. Future coach in his outlook, I think.

  2. gloccamorra - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    This was a bad move by Coco. Now other teams will be able to defend against him, and he’ll be lucky to steal five bases this year. It’s like the guy years ago who admitted in a post-game interview that he couldn’t hit a curve ball. It’s not like most pitchers in the league didn’t already know, but there might be a rookie call-up who hadn’t heard yet.

  3. qacm - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    You’re right, Craig. Great article, absolutely must-click. Inside baseball at its very best.

    Something you didn’t mention, but which is really cool, is the sidebar with Willie Wilson. It’s fascinating to see the similarities between two approaches to the game from different eras.

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