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I was looking through the box scores this morning and I saw something that didn’t look right. It wasn’t Barry Bonds numbers, of course, which haven't looked right for four years. It was that Dave Roberts got caught stealing. No big deal, just Roberts had already stolen 15 bags this season. The thing is that until last night, he hadn't been caught. He is still on pace for 97 steals, which would be the most since Vince Coleman stole 109 in 1989.
The news now is that Roberts pulled a hammy and was taken out of the game. If he pulled it while running does that mean nobody can throw him out unless he physically injures himself running to second?
Maybe if the immortal Les Nunamaker was still around. For the Yankees in 1914, he caught three Tigers stealing in the same inning.
Record for most times caught stealing: Robby Thompson. On June 27, 1986 he was caught stealing 4 times in a 12 inning game. Who the hell gave him the green light? That year he stole 12 bases and was caught 15 times! Do I really need to repeat my question?
Although Roberts still had a little ways to go, the record for most steals in a season without being caught is 21 by Kevin McReynolds in 1988. If you count the 6 consecutive bases Roberts stole at the end of last season, he would have 21 consecutive, but Coleman holds that record. Vince stole 50 bases in a row in 1989. So Roberts has a long way to go for that, but at least he never threw a firecracker at some poor group of kids.
Now its up to the afore mentioned Scotty Podsednik who's got 14 steals this year without being caught. Counting one more from the end of last year, he's only got 35 more bases to steal. Think he can do it?