Eric Young Jr. is tied with Milwaukee’s Jean Segura for most stolen bases — 44 — in the National League.
Segura is nursing a hamstring injury and may not play again this season.
“I didn’t become an everyday [player] until June. He had a two-and-a-half-month lead on me,” Young said, in regards to Segura not playing. ”I saw [Segura] out there running today. So he might try to get out there these next three days. It’s going to be fun. Regardless of the results, it’s been fun the whole way, this whole season.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
You know what’s crazy? Rickey Henderson stole 100 bases in three different seasons. He stole 130 in 1982! He swiped 66 at age 39! This post shouldn’t be about Rickey, though I’m sure he’d argue everything is about Rickey, it’s a good opportunity to reflect on just how awesome Rickey was when it came to stealing bases.
Anyway, good for EY. He’s had a nice season, good enough to warrant being back in 2014, just not as an every-day outfielder. Shin-Soo Choo is a leadoff hitter, so whether or not the Mets sign him will certainly dictate where Young fits in next season.
The Mets need power, that much is clear. If that bat comes in the outfield that will impact Young’s playing time. I know the Mets love him as a fourth outfielder, guy-off-the-bench, able to hit and swipe bases when needed. As has been reported at length, this front office tried to acquire him a few different times over the last couple of years, so it makes sense that he’ll be here next season, it’s just a matter of where and when he’ll be playing…