Insanely talented with an impish grin is no way to go through life, son. Oh wait, it actually sounds like a terrific way to go through life. Shine on, you crazy diamond. Stealing bases off a clearly distracted pitcher while pitching seven shutout innings of your own, helping your threadbare roster put up a much-needed W? Just keep doing you, Cliff.

MLB.com link to full video of Cliff Lee’s deft theft.

Update:for reference, here is an active player leaderboard for steals by pitchers. Cliff Lee is the only pitcher with multiple steals never to be caught. Because he’s the best, you see.

Rk Player SB From To PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO HBP CS BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Ted Lilly 3 1999 2012 388 35 6 1 0 17 8 144 1 2 .102 .125 .126 .251
2 Oliver Perez 3 2002 2012 396 54 1 0 0 15 14 116 0 1 .158 .190 .161 .352
3 Cliff Lee 2 2002 2012 224 34 6 0 2 12 3 76 0 0 .164 .175 .222 .398
4 Randy Wolf 2 1999 2012 808 127 33 0 5 58 32 219 2 1 .185 .221 .255 .476
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 12/10/2012.

Comments (11)

  1. Because I am lazy….how rare are pitcher stolen bases?

  2. I love Cliff Lee, I love Cliff Lee, I love Cliff Lee. So much.

  3. After Ted Lilly was caught stealing, his manager asked what he was thinking and he said, “I’m trying to win the game.”

  4. I bet George Clooney would have more than 2 wins though.

  5. Love George Clooney – great in all the “Oceans” movies.

    –Oshawa Ollie

  6. Not included: Lee also stole a base in the ’09 playoffs as a pinch runner.

  7. Wait Randy Wolf has 32 walks?

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