Aggressive Baserunning Pays Off For Tigers

It’s the nature of the business of being a third base coach.

Send runners habitually and get ripped when they get thrown out at the plate.

Play conservative, hold the runners at third if there’s a chance they won’t score and get criticized for being too timid.

Gene Lamont, longtime buddy and third base coach for Jim Leyland, falls into the arm-waving category. If he thinks there’s the slightest chance a runner can score, he’s sending him home.

“I don’t want a safety-first third base coach,” Leyland said. “I wasn’t one myself and I don’t want one coaching third base for me.

“The way I feel, for every one you get thrown out at the plate, you don’t know how many more don’t score if you hold them up at third.”

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