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Bobby Abreu steals his 400th base, joins a pretty cool club

May 31, 2014, 10:21 AM EDT

40-year-old Bobby Abreu stole the 400th base of his career in the top of the eighth inning last night against the Phillies. In doing so, he joined a pretty cool club:

Two Hall of Famers and one should-be Hall of Famer, depending on your perspective. Not bad. Not bad at all.

After not playing in the majors last year, Abreu has been a nice find for the Mets so far in 2014. He’s batting .304/.389/.478 through 54 plate appearances. Oddly, the Mets have fired hitting coach Dave Hudgens to thank for Abreu, as he recommended signing him after he managed him in the Venezuelan Winter League.

As our own Matthew Pouliot wrote last night, Abreu reached 4,000 total bases earlier this week and now ranks 84th all-time in that category. He needs 49 hits to reach 2,500 hits for his career and 12 home runs to reach 300.

  1. sumkat - May 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    He should have his own club, “most hollow numbers in the history of sports” club

    • tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      He ranks 111th all time in OPS.

      I’m not sure what “hollow numbers” means, but if it means “getting on base a ton, which is kind of the essence of being a productive player” then I agree.

      • sumkat - May 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        It means he is useless in any big moment of any big game

        But it the game is irrelevant, or you are winning or losing by 5 and the game is out of reach, he’s a beast. If it’s a 1 run game in the late innings….he’s just going up there looking for a walk

      • zengreaser - May 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        If you’re not a Phillies fan, you wouldn’t understand. Bobby always had great numbers, but that’s all he cared about. When he was in his prime, he had the kind of talent that could carry a team. He never carried the Phillies anywhere, though. It’s not a coincidence that immediately after Pat Gillick traded him & his attitude away in ’06, the Phillies became a winning team. Bobby Abreu: Good stats. No heart. Not a winner.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

        You are aware that they keep track of those stats, right?

        And in Close and Late situations he OPSed .848 (slightly below his career OPS of .878) and .931 with 2 outs and RISP.

        He also OPSed .888 in tie games, .877 within 1 runs, .865 within 2 runs, .871 within 3 runs, .864 within 4 runs and .937 with a margin greater than 4 runs.

        So, aside from being extremely steady in all situations….are you just mad that he wasn’t a .937 player ALL the time?

        Because that’s really freaking dumb.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

        zengreaser, I’m pretty sure if I WAS a Phillies fan I wouldn’t understand a lot of things.

        At least based on the drivel you just posted.

      • tuberippin - May 31, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Hello. I’m a Phillies fan.

        zengreaser’s logic is asinine. Please do not consider all Phils fans as possessing such a unique level of idiocy.

        Thank you.

  2. blacksables - May 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    What’s the significance of 1200 walks beyond creating a list that has no significance?

    • dan1111 - May 31, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Ummm, it should mean that you have done something that is really good and helps your baseball team win 1200 times.

      But apparently it just means Phillies fans have 1200 reasons to hate you.

      • blacksables - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        So you are okay with someone cherry picking three different stats in order to create a list that has nothing to do with any standard previously known?

  3. jre80 - May 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    I’d never guessed he had that many SBs.

  4. bronco58lb - May 31, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Abreu for Kevin Stocker was one of baseball’s all-time fleeces.

  5. bronco58lb - May 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Abreu for Kevin Stocker is one of baseball’s all-time fleeces. One of Chuck LaMar’s dandy moves.

  6. asimonetti88 - May 31, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    No idea where his season came from.. He looked completely washed out on the Angels a few years ago.. Good for him! He seems like an enjoyable guy to have around the clubhouse.

    • chinahand11 - May 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

      I always thought Abreu was underrated. Or overlooked, so to speak, by media. My take was that (in his prime Angel years) he was a steady bat any team would like to have in the lineup. He was an Angel a few years, so I guess he was cool in the clubhouse too.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 31, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        The only thing I remember Abreu ever getting big time coverage for was when he only hit 5 or 6 HRs in the 2nd half of one season after crushing at the Home Run Derby, and idiots were like “Maybe we should stop having the Home Run Derby! It could be ruining our power hitters! Or maybe it’s affecting him mentally and he’s trying to hard! Or maybe he’s not trying enough because he got cocky! We need to fix this!”

  7. lukedunphysscienceproject - May 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Bobby Abreu stole a base? Have you seen Bobby Abreu lately? Did the catcher slip on a banana peel coming out of his stance? Did they forget to cover second base? Did the pitcher cut off the throw? Did the ball hit a bird? Was Bob Davidson umpiring?

    • Francisco (FC) - May 31, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      Maybe he literally stole it. Between innings. When no one is watching. Abreu is so much fun.

  8. genericcommenter - May 31, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    It’s a cool milestone, but the cut-offs used for these combined stats are always very arbitrary. Bonds had WAY over the HR and BB marks. Henderson reached WAY beyond the SB and BB marks. Morgan had WAY over the BB number and played an elite 2B. Bonds, Henderson, and Morgan all provided big defensive value for much of their careers.

    So what the numbers really mean is that Abreu had Morgan’s power, Bonds’ average SB numbers, and around 2/3 of their walks, without the defensive value. Over his career he was pretty good at a few different aspects of playing baseball. Cool.

    You could change the cut-offs to 200HR, 500SB, and 1800BB, and the other 3 guys would still make the cut.

    • largebill - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      These lists are always like that, but I still like them as long as it doesn’t get too convoluted in the effort to group player X with the all time greats. While, of course, Bonds, Henderson and Morgan are far ahead of Abreu it does show that very few players had the same combination of power & speed coupled with patience at the plate

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