Mets Shortstop Jose Reyes swiped his 70th stolen base of the season. That’s the most in the major leagues, and after breaking the club record for steals in a season at 67, he looks to keep extending it. Chances are he’ll easily break it again in upcoming seasons.
Jose Reyes, 24, has had 33 stolen bases in July and August, while he had 37 steals from April to June.
That’s 37 stolen bases in 3 months, while 33 in 2 months! I think I can say at least one person who has contributed to the sudden increase in stolen bases over the past two months: Rickey Henderson. Rickey Henderson joined the Mets on July 12, following former hitting coach Rick Down’s firing. Henderson took over as first base coach, and Howard Johnson moved to hitting coach.
Reyes is also the first infielder to swipe 60 or more steals in three straight seasons since the modern stolen base rule came into effect in 1898, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.