Journeyman outfielder Quintin Berry, who was called up by the Orioles when rosters expanded for September, just came into today’s game against the Yankees as a pinch-runner in the ninth inning and swiped second base.
Berry is now 25-for-25 stealing bases in the majors since debuting in 2012. And if you include the postseason Berry is 30-for-30 as a big leaguer.
Caught stealing numbers from early in baseball history are iffy or non-existent, but since 1950 no other player with zero caught stealings for their career has more than 11 steals.
Berry hasn’t been quite as amazing in the minors, although he does steal plenty of bases at a good clip. This season at Triple-A he went 25-for-31 in 112 games and for his minor-league career he’s stolen 316 bases at an 80 percent success rate.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.