We might see an increase in stealing, but I don't think it will happen a ton either. Conventional wisdom on stealing has changed in the past 20 years. If you're not successful 70% of the time, you're hurting the team by ever trying (oversimplifying, but essentially). I think Greene and Beltran might be the only two that can be successful 70%. Maybe Komatsu too as he's super fast.
By no means am I saying we are going to lead the league in steels, but we will manufacture more runs, we will hit into far less double plays, and the pitcher will actually have to be at least somewhat concerned with the threat of a steel. How often did opposing pitchers not even have to concern himself with the runners because Albert was either up or on deck and he know there was no chance of a steal?
Spreading the pitcher's concentration between the batter and base runners will influence his execution. A walk here, a wild throw to first there, and an occasional pitch that get's hung up in the zone and knocked out of the park are some of the many advantages we will see this year.
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