Amid rumors that he will be traded to the Houston Astros or San Diego Padres, Davey Lopes of the Chicago Cubs is about to join some select company of another kind.
Lopes has stolen 16 bases for the Cubs and needs only 8 more to become the single-season champion among those 40 and older.
Player Year Age Steals Honus Wagner 1914 40 23 Willie Mays 1971 40 23 Honus Wagner 1915 41 22 Ty Cobb 1927 40 22 Lou Brock 1979 40 21 Davey Lopes 1986 40 16
Note: Last season, at 39, Lopes stole 47 bases.
The Milwaukee Brewers' Rob Deer hits the ball with such power that bleacher fans at County Stadium carry signs reading: "Deer Crossing." Deer, however, struck out at an average of once every 2.58 at-bats through the first half to lead the majors.