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Uncommon Thievery: Changing stolen-base philosophies

Updated: June 24, 2008, 2:01 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

For the greater part of this decade, the Boston Red Sox were one of the league's least active teams on the base paths. In fact, since 2000, while the rest of the league was stealing an average of 92.5 bases a year, the Sox stole just 64.6 bases. And that number would be a lot worse if it weren't for a couple of years with the semi run-friendly Grady Little at the helm. Granted, the Sox didn't have a ton of speed during this time, but they didn't run much even when they had the wheels. The ...

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