Tony “Kid Flash” Campana

When we visited Cooperstown a few years ago it was probably one of the most thrilling experiences in my life(next to our wedding and Darcy being born, of course.)

There was a serenity and peace when we strolled through the Hall and looked at all the plaques on the wall. Everyone from Cap Anson to the Great Gary Carter all the way to Roberto Alomar. There was one player that stood out for me at least and that was, Ricky Henderson. The Man of Steal.

The reason I’m bringing this up again because I’ve written about him before, is that looking at this year’s statistics for stolen bases is Tony Campana.

Tony Campana Tony Campana #1 of the Chicago Cubs steals second base as Mike Aviles #3 of the Boston Red Sox makes a late tag in the first inning on June 15, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.

He is by far the most exciting player this year on the Cubs roster. He is bringing stolen bases back into the game and although I don’t think he’s on pace to beat Ricky Henderson’s record of 130 in 1982. In fact, along with Wayne Gretzky’s 50 goals in 39 games; Ricky Henderson’s record might stand for a long time.

Tony Campana has 48 stolen bases in two years with the Cubs compared to Henderson’s 133 in two years with Oakland in 1979/80. Henderson played 247 games compared to Campana’s 146. That’s a little over 100 more games.

Now, let’s look at this comparison. Campana’s totals added by 100 will be 148 if Campana played the same amount of games as Henderson. That would have been more than Henderson.

What Tony Campana needs is a nickname. If Ricky Henderson had the Man of Steal, then what could Tony’s be, Kid Flash?

Yeah, that’s it. Tony”Kid Flash” Campana.

Mark my words, I’m predicting it now. It’s in print. Tony Campana will beat Ricky Henderson’s record.

—Mark

 

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