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Span wants to steal smart

Apr 5, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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Denard Span was thrown out in his first stolen base attempt of the year.

CINCINNATI — Some four hours before first pitch at Great American Ball Park, Denard Span was getting a tutorial from first base coach Tony Tarasco on his leads and jumps from second base. Nothing out of the ordinary, just a little refresher course of baserunning fundamentals.

Except for one strikingly noticeable aspect of the drill: Span was wearing his mitt.

Some kind of newfangled drill designed to make Span remember to do something with his right hand? Alas, the truth was far less interesting than that.

“I went to go shag [flyballs] at first, and then we ended up doing other stuff,” he said. “The glove was just to protect myself.”

Span has had plenty of opportunity to work on his baserunning
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  1. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    And MLB TV kind of sucks …MiLB TV now gives you the pregame show … but does mlb.com? Do they give you any post-game wrap? No.

  2. peric - Apr 5, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Under the heading of really silly questions …Asking Ross Ohlendorf why he chose Princeton over Texas where his mom was a Vice Chancellor or some such …Doh. One of the best school's on the planet academically especially for mathematicians?

  3. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    What a useless dweeb. Our great, speedy 'basestealer' cant steal bases.I spoke of this a couple of months ago: Span is a mediocre basestealer; and terrible for his speed. Great, now he needs lessons on how to steal bases? and for this we shipped out Morse? This is some proof that WAR is a myth — no way Span outperforms a Morse.Nats are in deep doo doo and they just may know it now.

  4. Steve Hayes - Apr 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    What a useless dweeb. Our great, speedy 'basestealer' cant steal bases.I spoke of this a couple of months ago: Span is a mediocre basestealer; and terrible for his speed. Great, now he needs lessons on how to steal bases? and for this we shipped out Morse? This is some proof that WAR is a myth — no way Span outperforms a Morse.Nats are in deep doo doo and they just may know it now.

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