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Taking a look at Jose Tabata’s speed

Taking a look at Jose Tabata’s speed

Leading off the top of the second inning in the Pirates’ 14-inning loss to the Reds on Monday, Jose Tabata hit a comebacker that Mat Latos knocked down and easily threw on to first for the out.

It was a harmless play, one of little significance in a game that would ultimately go down as an extremely frustrating defeat for the Bucs. However, Charlie Wilmoth of Bucs Dugout tweeted the following after the out.
Remember when Jose Tabata was fast? Those were the days.

— Charlie Wilmoth (@BucsDugout) September 10, 2012
People, Jose Tabata DID used to be fast. bucsdugout.com/2010/6/16/1520…

— Charlie Wilmoth (@BucsDugout) September 10, 2012
I nodded in agreement when I read the comments, as they were similar to some of my own observations from the recent past. About two weeks ago, I wrote the following on Twitter after Tabata grounded out to first.
Tabata has definitely lost a step or two the past couple years. Was probably a 70 runner when he came up. Might only be a 50 now....

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Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

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