After playing in only 18 games in 2010, Ellsbury turned in an MVP-caliber season. He played in 158 games, batting .321 (5th in AL, 8th in MLB), slugging .552 (5th/9th), with 119 runs (3rd in MLB), 212 hits (3rd in MLB), 46 doubles (3rd in MLB), 5 triples, 32 homers (5th in AL), 105 RBIs (6th/10th), 39 steals (4th/9th), and a .928 OPS (5th/10th).
He led all MLB players with 83 extra-base hits and 364 total bases - and became the first player in Red Sox history to have 30 HR and 30 SB in the same season.
I know what I'm capable of doing. I know everybody has been surprised by the power numbers, but it's always been there. ... [E]very year, I've consistently gotten better. This is what I was looking for last year.Dave Magadan, hitting coach:
He's played with a chip on his shoulder. There were strides made in 2009. Certainly there were concerns after missing the whole year last year. He picked up right where he left off and improved upon it.
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