Feet get the spotlight…feet get the blame
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball (MLB), spotlights Pittsburgh’s Bae Ji-hwan.
“Bae knows he has a weapon – fast feet – but he’s learning that’s not enough. He also needs to know how to use his speed.”
The previous day at home against Texas, Bae went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, but he also threw his team out on two occasions. Once he was thrown out at first base, and the other time he was thrown out at second base on an overthrow on the next batter’s hit. “It’s going to sting right now, but it’s time to learn from it so it doesn’t happen again,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. “Once you start running toward third base, you can’t slow down. I should have kept running all the way to third base.”
After the game, Bae reflected on the overrun, saying, “I thought I had to go to third base because it was two outs, but I didn’t read the situation properly, so I was out.”
Longer-range stolen bases are also becoming less successful. Bae has stolen 14 bases this season, but has been thrown out five times. He hasn’t stolen a base since June 6 against Toronto. His five failed steals are the most in MLB.
“He needs to slow down a little bit,” Shelton said. He’s trying to go too fast right now. “His speed is a real weapon, but if you don’t use it, you’re only going to get outs,” Shelton said, adding that young players with quick feet try to create opportunities rather than wait for them. 메이저놀이터
“I think I overdid it a little bit because I wanted to help the team when we were losing the game,” Bae reflected. “My biggest challenge now is to read the game situation and know when to use my quick feet and when not to use them.”
Bae was left out of the starting lineup against Texas, but came in as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and played defense in center field in the ninth. The team lost 2-3.