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As the Washington Nationals are set to lose their best player, Bryce Harper, via free agency, it appears like the team will need to find new ways to win ball games. Apparently, that means sending Trea Turner on a wild goose chase to steal bases this season.
In an excerpt from Mark Zuckerman of MASN, the Nationals' broadcast network, he describes a conversation between Turner and Nationals' manager Davey Martinez. Martinez called Turner into his office during the week and told the speedy shortstop he wants him to attempt more stolen bases this season. So, just how many? So many, that even Turner was taken back.
“Yeah, he gave me a number,” Turner said. “And I was like: ‘Wow, all right.’”
Martinez later told a group of gathered reporters that he thinks if Turner "attempts 75-80, we’ll be in great shape."
Trea Turner a 75-SB-attempt candidate? If anyone could do it, he'd be one of the top candidates. He had Statcast's 6th-fastest sprint speed (30.1 ft/sec) in 2018 and the third-best qualified speed score (8.0) from 2016-18. They're among the reasons he's firmly in my first round.— Tristan H. Cockcroft (@SultanofStat) February 21, 2019
Attempting 75-80? Whoa, fantasy owners better be on high alert! Turner's best stolen-base season came in 2017, when he swiped 46 bags in 54 attempts in just 98 games. Last season, Turner had 43 stolen bases in 52 attempts, which led the National League.
Turner clearly has massive expectations to live up to, but with great talent comes even greater responsibility. At the top of the Nationals' lineup, he'll have a great opportunity to post huge numbers for fantasy owners, and Martinez's encouragement to steal a ton of bases is a nudge in the right direction.
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