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Pierre steals way to top

From getting great leads to having tremendous instincts, Juan Pierre is a terror on the basepaths.

Originally Published: January 21, 2005
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

Trying to determine baseball's best basestealer is a little like trying to decide who throws the best chest pass in the NBA. The list of candidates is a short one.

The stolen base isn't nearly the weapon in the 21st century that it was in 1970s and 1980s, when a team could win a pennant -- the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals, for instance -- with a lineup full of jackrabbits.

Now, most teams concentrate on the big inning, and in doing so, shy away from the steal. Why risk an out when ...

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