Crisp’s steal his way past Reggie, nowhere near Rickey

Coco Crisp is now the fifth most successful thief in A's history

Coco Crisp is now the fifth most successful thief in A’s history

Coco Crisp has been around long enough to be hanging with some exalted company.

Just take his 11th inning stolen base Wednesday. It was the 145th of his Oakland career. That moves him past Reggie Jackson and into fifth place in the A’s all-time stolen base rankings.

Is that a big deal?

“No, not for me,’’ Crisp said after the A’s 12-inning, 5-4 loss to the Angels. “Not because it’s Reggie, but I’m just not into (numbers) that much.’’

    What if it had been, say, Rickey Henderson instead of Reggie Jackson?

“If it was Rickey,’’ Crisp said, “that would be amazing.’’

Henderson, of course, is baseball’s all-time stolen base kind, and he owns the Oakland record for steals with 867, more than the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 thieves (Bert Campaneris, Billy North, Carney Lansford and Crisp combined (831).

The bigger question is if the left hamstring tightness that caught Crisp to miss three starts in Anaheim, has sufficiently abated to allow him to get back into the lineup Friday against Houston.

Manager Bob Melvin said it made more sense to give Crisp Wednesday and Thursday off and hope that he could be ready Friday.

But the fact that Melvin didn’t let Crisp play in the field after pinch-hitting may be precautionary or may be a sign that his center fielder isn’t quite ready.

John Hickey

A longtime baseball writer three years into in his second go-round covering to the Oakland A's beat after a dozen years covering the Seattle Mariners. Covered the A's through the late 1980s and 1990s.