This article is part of our Collette Calls series.
We all have our favorite jams that we like to hear certain times of the year. There are cold nights here in North Carolina where I enjoy listening to The Head and the Heart's "Let's Be Still" while my wife and I sit around the firepit in the backyard. I enjoy David Bowie's "Modern Love" as a song to start a jog when I go out running. I cannot help but hum part of "Landed" by Ben Folds Five when I'm walking up the jetway from one of the many flights I take a year. However, when it comes to the early part of the baseball season, I have a particular favorite jam that I found years ago and wish someone would update it because the examples are a bit outdated for some, but still hilarious nonetheless:
Let's look at some of the high-level and individual small samples that we should mostly ignore, but not completely dismiss as it could be a harbinger of things to come. These are also data points to use to your advantage in early trade talks with panicked owners.
Heading into last weekend, 84 players had stolen a base. None of those players were named Billy Hamilton, Whit Merrifield, Elvis Andrus or Jose Reyes, each of whom finished in the top 10 for steals in 2017. Those players' owners likely were freaked out a bit, especially those who went after Hamilton in the first five rounds, and Andrus and Reyes are still