Uncommon Thievery: AL speed notebook
Sticking with the "it's easy to steal bases" theme, Ichiro Suzuki has a nice little streak going with 41 swipes in his last 41 attempts. Gerald Laird was the last catcher to gun him down way back in April of 2006. Now, for whatever reason, Ichiro has just two thefts this season as Mike Hargrove has been reluctant to send his leadoff hitter. It doesn't really make sense either, given Ichiro's brilliant success rate and Hargrove's pro-steal history. Remember, Hargrove managed Kenny Lofton to 70-plus swipes twice in the early '90s. I have to think that he'll start to put Ichiro in motion more and more as the season moves along.
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