Great moments in base running: New York Yankees edition

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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:

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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.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.