Monday, May 9, 2011
Rangers pregame: Running with Elvis
By Bryan Dolgin
Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is perfect this season when it comes to stealing bases. He is 10-for-10. Why has he been so successful?
“I’m trying to be a little bit smarter. Last year, I got caught a little bit. In the beginning I was good and then I got too aggressive. This year, we kind of simplified things,” Andrus said about the coaching he has received from base-running coach Gary Pettis. “Just, don’t get on base and make them think you are going to run. Try to see a good count, see who is hitting, and if they [whoever is pitching] give me the option-give me the chance to go and get it. It’s really paying off for me right now.”
The 22-year-old is simply maturing in his third major league season. Andrus entered Monday’s game against the Oakland A’s perfect in his last 18 stolen bases attempts going back to last season, including the postseason.
Elvis discussed his base running and many other topics on Rangers Baseball Tonight on 103.3 FM ESPN and the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network.