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DENVER — When the Mariners acquired Jean Segura this offseason in a trade with the Diamondbacks, they expected him to be a strong presence at the top of their lineup: getting hits, kickstarting the offense and stealing bases. Well, he’s done the first two with great success. Segura came into Tuesday batting .338 (47 for 139) with 23 runs scored, 10 doubles, three homers and 17 RBI.
But stealing bases?
That hasn’t been so good. Segura has been, well, downright Aoki-ish in that regard. Yes, that’s a reference to Nori Aoki, who played for the Mariners last season. The light-hitting outfielder and some-time leadoff hitter averaged 20 steals over his first four seasons, including 30 steals in 2012. But last season for the Mariners, he was only a threat to make an out when he tried to swipe a base. In 16 stolen bases, Aoki was thrown out nine times. It got to the point where the Mariners took the green light away from Aoki.
Segura has attempted 12 stolen bases this season and has been thrown out six times. A 50 percent conversion rate isn’t ideal. A year ago, Segura stole 33 bases and was thrown out 10 times. And in 2015, he stole 25 bases and was thrown out just six times. To be fair, Segura missed 12 games on the disabled list early in the season with hamstring issues. Segura admitted that the hamstring issue is something he hasn’t forgotten.
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“I have to be careful sometimes,” he said.
He was 3-for-3 in stolen bases before getting hurt. He then stole two bases right when he came back. But he’s been thrown out in six of his last seven attempts.
What’s the issue?
“Bad jumps and good throws,” Segura summed it up.
Manager Scott Servais went into greater detail.