In response to devildavid's comment:
In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:
In response to beantownesox's comment:
The Sox will miss that element, and no one can replace it. Ellsbury is a once in a generation kind of speedster, a rare gem in that regard.
Davis has 91 steals in his last 2 seasons (250 games), including 45 steals in just 108 gams in 2013
Ellsbury has 66 steals in his last 2 seasons (208 games), including 52 steals in 134 games in 2013
Obviously, "once in a generation" and "rare gem" speedster doesn't rise to specious because it's patently false.
Davis is faster and has more base stealing ability than Ellsbury.
I agree that Raja is a better base stealer.
Ellsbury is a better base stealer. His lifetime success rate is 84% and Davis is at 80%. It's not just about how many.
Of course. But, those numbers are pretty equal. And, based purely on my own objective observation, I think Raja has better baserunning instincts and technique. He gets better jumps and makes less mistakes. Ellsbury's baserunning flaws get covered by his otherworldly speed. He is faster than Davis so he gets away with more.