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.
FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.
Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.
Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.
“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.
If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.