PHOENIX – Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has often said that Tim Locastro is the fastest man in the majors. You don’t have to take their word for it – MLB The Show video game agrees.
“He’s got a 99 rating,” Lovullo said, smiling.
Locastro showed that speed Saturday night with four hits and a stolen base that broke a major league record, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks cool the Cincinnati Reds, 8-3.
Locastro’s steal of the second in the sixth inning was the 28th consecutive stolen base to start his career without being caught. That broke the mark set by Hall of Famer Tim Raines, who stole 27 in a row between 1979 and 1981. Records have been kept since 1951. The Baseball Hall of Fame requested the Locastro cleats, which he had painted especially for the occasion.
Locastro, 28, grew up in upstate New York near the Cooperstown Hall of Fame location.
“Having my studs there, it’s unbelievable,” Locastro said.
Locastro was perhaps destined to break the record. He was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013 and his first base running coach that year was none other than Raines.
He showed more than speed Saturday night, counting four singles and two runs from first place. Locastro’s playing time in center field has increased after Ketel Marte recently entered the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
“It’s not just fast,” Lovullo said. “He is a good baseball player who has learned to hit.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.