Last year in a rather low-profile trade, the Boston Red Sox obtained an important piece of their World Series team. Dealing Clayton Mortensen to the Kansas City Royals, Boston obtained speedster Quintin Berry. Berry was a career 21-for-21 in stolen bases at the big league level.
He was a September call-up who proved valuable over his short time in Boston — as a pinch runner. He played in 13 regular season games swiping three bases on three attempts.
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In the postseason, he made three appearances in all. He stole a base in each series on one attempt per series. He did his job and did it well.
Now, he is in Baltimore playing for the Orioles as they look to make the postseason. He spent the vast majority of the season in AAA Norfolk as expected, but he will serve a valuable role for them.
He can run; running is what he does best. In his career he is a perfect 30-for-30 in stolen base attempts at the big league level in the regular season. In the postseason, he is also a perfect 5-for-5 in stealing bases, making him the perfect cheap addition to any contending team.
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So far in nine games for Baltimore, Berry has only swiped one bag, but he has only tried to do so once.
Given that the Orioles have already clinched a playoff spot, it seems certain Berry will make his third postseason appearance for the third year in a row. Teams typically carry less pitchers during the postseason which is why they can carry Berry on the roster then but not in the regular season.
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Although Berry may never be a mainstay in the Major Leagues, September and October are his times to shine and because of this, the 29-year-old pinch runner may find himself winning a whole lot of rings for someone who plays AAA for the vast majority of the regular season.