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Wilson Valdez sets Revolution single-season steals mark

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After stealing just 47 bases as a team in 2013, Manager Mark Mason made a concerted effort to add more speed in building this year’s squad. The addition of Wilson Valdez (30 steals), Sean Smith (23), Justin Greene (13) and Eric Patterson (12) et al. have probably surpassed even the expectations Mason had for the running game this season.

With two steals in a 3-2 win over Somerset on July 7, Wilson Valdez became the Revolution single-season steals champion – with 69 games remaining in the season.  Truth be told, the Revs have never really been a big running team until this year.  Through the July 7 game the club had swiped 96 bases overall, just four shy – again, with 69 games left in the season – of the collective single-season mark.  York stole 100 bases as a team in the inaugural 2007 season.

Valdez surpassed, you guessed it, Scott Grimes for the individual mark.  Grimes stole 28 bases during the 2010 championship season.

-Paul Braverman

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