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Great moments in base running: New York Yankees edition

Sep 4, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

Derek Jeter has 357 career stolen bases and has been successful in attempting to swipe a bag over 78% of the time. That’s good!  Brett Gardner has 180 career stolen bases and has been successful in attempting to swipe a bag over 81% of the time. That’s even better! Two pretty fantastic base runners, there.

Which is why seeing both of them thrown out on a double steal is a pretty fun man-bites-dog story this morning:

Some people say that paying close attention to stats and thinking in terms of probabilities takes the fun out of watching baseball. I say that knowing the stats and probabilities makes one appreciate it all the more when the unexpected happens.

  1. alexo0 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I didn’t think teams were allowed to throw out Jeter.

    • therealdave123 - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      A fine and suspension will be coming, don’t worry.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        nah… the official scorer saw Jeter’s foot touch third base so he awarded Jeter a triple…

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Just think if this had been Big Papi. He’d be protesting the “OS” ruling by the scorer.

  2. 18thstreet - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Boy, you just don’t expect to see Derek Jeter make mistakes like that unless you’ve been paying attention. #hero

    • sophiethegreatdane - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:49 AM

      LOL!!! Well played.

  3. drewsylvania - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Saw it live. It was even funnier than this since Jeter clearly didn’t try hard to beat the tag.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      He’s the consummate professional. Never forget that.

    • moogro - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      I saw Jeter run hard and beat out a throw to first this week.

  4. drewsylvania - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    I want to see the Yankees wear a patch commemorating Jeter’s lack of hustle there. Shape it as a loaf of bread or something.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - Sep 4, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Right up there with this gem – two runners thrown at home on the same play

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Actually, the ump blew the call on the first out. Catcher made tag with empty glove and ball in throwing hand.

      • derklempner - Sep 6, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Look again. You might need glasses, or you might just need to pay better attention.

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:48 AM

      The best in that genre involved the Yankees, too. Fisk tagging out both Dale Berra and Bobby Meacham on the same play. Unfortunately, I can’t find a video link:

  6. sdelmonte - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    The season in microcosm: the retiring star and the best young player on the team both tagged out. All that was missing was a pitcher getting hurt.

    • pete2112 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Well they’re way over due for another pitching injury, so that’s probably today.

    • zakharovsa - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Brett Gardner is 31 years old. He is no longer a “young player.” Well, maybe by Yankee standards.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:30 AM

      Brett Gardner is 31. He’s actually older than Ellsbury by a couple of weeks. And while I think of Steven Drew as being old, he’s only about six months older than those two.

      I guess what I’m saying is, the Yankees don’t have a best young player.

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:51 AM


      • pete2112 - Sep 4, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        I would say their best young player is Tanaka who unfortunately might not be seen again for a while.

  7. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Gardner is the worst good base stealer I have seen. He is fast, but timid and most of his CS seem to be the mental error variety more than just getting beat. I am happy they (finally) dropped him to 3 and Ellsbury up to 1. Those spots seem better suited to their talents (the play above notwithstanding).

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      It’d be better if they were 1/2 (ellsbury/gardner) as they are the two best hitters on the team this year, but that ship sailed away a long time ago. It’ll be interesting to see what Girardi does next year though.

      • pete2112 - Sep 4, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        Jacobyrett Gardnerbury.

  8. shaggylocks - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Okay, this is all well and good, but what the hell is Gardner wearing on his hand/upper arm?

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

      It’s a mitt he wears over his hand to protect his fingers while sliding into bases.

      • shaggylocks - Sep 4, 2014 at 11:22 AM

        Ah, thanks.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 4, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        BTW, did you see the Sheriff get hit in the test-i-cleees last night? he he That was not his collarbone, nope.

  9. edelmanfanclub - Sep 4, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Tuned in late to the game and saw this instantly. My first thought was did I see a strike him out throw him triple play? Sadly it was ball, Ellsbury flew out early so it was just a double play on bad baserunning. Still had a good laugh, too bad the Sox can’t seem to figure out Kuroda this year or anyone else for that matter.

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