“You need to steal bases somewhere between a two-thirds and three-fourths success rate just to break even,” Goldstein noted.
Compared to the 1970s and 1980s, stolen base numbers have dropped, which also impacts the need for a good defensive catcher. Now, the importance of a catcher’s arm “is so much less than what it once was,” Goldstein said.
That’s not to say that stolen bases can’t be and aren’t valuable. One just has to know how to use it as a weapon correctly.
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