3,000 stolen bases in a single season in 11 years… MLB, the era of stolen bases
- on Sep 10, 2023
The ‘era of stolen bases’ has opened in the Major League Baseball (MLB) of American professional baseball.
Philadelphia Phillies Bryson Stott hit a right-handed hit in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins on the 9th (Korean time) and stole second base. It was the 3,000th stolen base in MLB this season.
MLB.com reported, “For the first time since 2012, 3,000 stolen bases were recorded in a single season in the big leagues.”
Considering that there is about a month left in the regular season, the media predicted that there could be a total of 3,457 stolen bases in MLB this year.
The most stolen bases in a season since the live ball era in 1920 is 3,585 stolen bases in 1987. The second place in history is 3,421 stolen bases in 1999.
This year is expected to surpass the 1999 record.
There are already four ‘great steals’ who have stolen more than 40 bases this season.
Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta Braves), who leads MLB in stolen bases this season, has 63 steals, and Estewri Luis (Oakland Athletics) follows with 58 steals.
Corbin Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks) and CJ Abrams (Washington Nationals) stole 45 and 41 bases, respectively.
There may be more players who surpass 40 steals for the remainder of the season. Bobby Witt Jr. (Kansas City Royals) is approaching 40 stolen bases with 39 stolen bases.
Following Nico Horner (Chicago Cubs) and Julio Rodriguez (Seattle Mariners), who each stole 36 bases, Korean major leaguer Kim Ha-seong (San Diego), who ranks 8th in total stolen bases in MLB, is also recording 34 stolen bases. Ha-seong Kim, who recorded 12 stolen bases last year, was also ranked second among players with the largest increase in stolen bases between 2022 and 2023.토토사이트
The increase in stolen bases for each club is also noticeable.
23 out of 30 clubs have already surpassed the number of stolen bases recorded last season.
Among these, the team with the largest increase in stolen bases is the Cincinnati Reds, who recorded 58 stolen bases throughout last season. Cincinnati stole 165 bases this year, an increase of 107 stolen bases in one year.
This significant increase in stolen bases is largely due to the changed regulations.
MLB expanded the square base size from 15 inches (38.1 cm) to 18 inches (45.72 cm) this season. As a result, the distance between 1st and 3rd bases and 2nd base decreased by about 4.5 inches (11.43 cm), and the distance between 1st and 3rd bases and home plate decreased by about 3 inches (7.62 cm).
Limiting the pitcher’s actions of checking runners or taking their feet off the pitcher’s plate to a maximum of two times per at-bat also made it easier for runners to attempt to steal bases.
Meanwhile, the pitcher who has allowed the most stolen bases this season is Noah Syndergaard, who was recently released by the Cleveland Guardians.
Syndergaard pitched 88⅔ innings in 18 games this year, giving up 34 stolen bases and catching only one stolen base.