SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Cliff Pennington was on first base in an early spring training game when Jason Kubel came to the plate. The pitcher had a slowish delivery to the plate, so second base was there to be stolen. But Pennington did not budge, giving Kubel a wider hole to hit through.
Ten days into his first spring training with his new team, Pennington seemed right at home.
New Diamondbacks shortstop Pennington brings speed and a will run, but only when the situation dictates. He had 58 stolen bases in his three full seasons with Oakland, a good number for most and a better number considering that the Moneyball As believe the stolen base brings too much downside risk. He would like to do more this season, circumstances permitting.
The last year or so I didnt steal as many as I would like," said Pennington, 28. "It was just the way the team was shaking out. You have to play within the game. Im not going to be a guy that runs just to run. Who is batting behind you, where you are in t...