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Everth not afraid to be aggressive on basepaths

Everth not afraid to be aggressive on basepaths

Everth not afraid to be aggressive on basepaths
MILWAUKEE -- Give Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera a few more games, and he might have a crack at 50 stolen bases. Or at his current rate, maybe just an extra-innings game before Wednesday's regular-season finale.

As it stands, Cabrera has two more games to add to his stolen base total of 43, which leads the National League, a figure that has been bolstered by six steals in the last two games.

"That's Cabby's game, that's what Cabby does," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He's an aggressive basestealer -- he wants to run. I think all of the good ones are like that. There are maybe a handful of guys in all of baseball who have that true capability of being a basestealer, the instincts and the fearlessness. Cabby falls in that category."

Adding to that is the fact that Cabrera has a success rate of 93.5 percent -- the highest in baseball among those who have stolen at least 40 bases in 2012.

Cabrera's 43 steals are the most stolen bases by a Padres player since present first-base coach Dave Roberts stole 49 in 2006.

Heading into Tuesday's game against the Brewers -- the penultimate game of the season -- Cabrera leads the Braves' Michael Bourn by three stolen bases, even though Bourn has 259 more plate appearances this season.

One of the things that stands out to Black is that everyone knows that when Cabrera gets on base, he's likely to attempt a stolen base. Given that, he's still been successful on the bases, stealing 16 bases in September alone.

"When you look at the history of basestealers, the one trait they have in common is they are fearless," Black said. "All of the good ones, when you look back in history, they always have that common trait is they want to run. They're intent is to run, they're intent is to steal. You have to think about it, and the other team knows it, too."

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