Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. Henderson broke the former with 130 swipes in 1982, and he later surpassed Brock's career total in 1991 on his way to a whopping 1,406 thefts over 25 seasons. When Henderson debuted for the Oakland Athletics on June 24, 1979, Lou Brock held the records for stolen bases in a season (118 in 1974) and in a career (921 as of that date). Part of the Baseball Almanac Family. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Saturday, October 17, 2:04AM. Angels? However, pitch framing will become a relic once MLB finally implements an automated strike zone. Vince Coleman matched him with three seasons of 100 stolen bases, and 29 other players notched at least one 50-steal season. If you don't, you got hell to pay.". It's OK if you get it. Even if the way is paved by home runs suddenly vanishing, strikeouts and a generally more cautious approach to stolen bases should keep his marks safe. Even though stolen base attempts are way down, the leaguewide success rate has increased from 68 percent in 2002 to 73 percent in 2019. Stealing bases was a key part of the equation. Perhaps that trend will finally reverse if the home run rate also reverses, in which case hitters might de-emphasize swinging for the fences in favor of merely making contact. The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. Rickey Henderson's 130 Stolen Bases Season. These words have since been taken by many to support the notion that Henderson is selfish and arroga… Rickey Henderson. All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. In the 1980s, walks, singles and hit-by-pitches accounted for 79 percent of all on-base events. Ironically, the most notable of Henderson's many former teams was at the center of this. Catchers' only duties then will be calling pitches and controlling the running game, which could convince some teams that there's an edge to be gained by bringing back the strong-armed catcher. Position: Leftfielder Bats: Right • Throws: Left 5-10, 180lb (178cm, 81kg) . Though the 2002 A's finished dead last with 46 total stolen bases, they stole them with an above-average 70 percent success rate. Subscribe to our Free Newsletter, This Month in Sports ReferenceFind out when we add a feature or make a change. All Rights Reserved by Baseball Almanac, Inc.Hosted by Hosting 4 Less. He thanked God and his mother, as well as the people that helped him in baseball. Only eight players stole as many as 50 bases in a season throughout the 2010s, and nobody has done it since Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon in 2017. And there seems to be no reversing this trend, as the league has been setting new strikeout records annually since 2008. Yet Henderson's stolen base records are also a product of the era in which he spent his prime. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball.

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