Danny Duffy

Stolen bases an afterthought as spring training starts

The stolen base has been stolen from baseball, an afterthought when spring training starts next week.

Baltimore swiped just 19 bases last year, the fewest for any team in more than four decades. In 1982, Rickey Henderson stole his 19th base on April 28 — Oakland's 20th game of the season.

"You're not going to have the stolen-base numbers like Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines and those guys had," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday after arriving at camp in Sarasota, Florida. "When you've got a lot of guys that hit the ball out of the park, it makes the baserunners real cautious. What's the analyst and all the people on TV going to say when a guy gets...