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How do lineup spots affect steal attempts?

Updated: February 25, 2011, 11:56 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

I have one word to ease the minds of people who worry that Hanley Ramirez will stop stealing bases now that he's slated to bat third for the Marlins:

Don't.

Traditional thinking has a way of tainting even the most knowledgeable baseball mind. It always has been assumed that players who bat atop the order are the ones who steal the bases, while the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters are the ones who knock 'em home, with no exceptions. Even those who casually browse the statistics might ...

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