CHASE UTLEY IS MLB’s MOST SUCCESSFUL BASE STEALER

Take all the current base stealers in the majors, who have stolen at least 150 bases of which there are 34, and at the top of the success list is Chase Utley, the 38-year old part-time second baseman for the Dodgers. Utley stole his fifth base in six attempts Sunday night to up his career total to 150 steals in 171 attempts, a rate of 87.719%.

And his steals still mean something.

The Dodgers were trailing by a run in the 9th to the Giants Sunday night when Utley reached on an infield single to start the inning. Utley then stole second and he came around to tie the game on Yasiel Puig’s line-drive RBI single which tied the game. The Dodgers won it in the 11th on Kyle Farmer’s walk-off, pinch-two-run double in his MLB debut.

A slight transgression

While it didn’t have the drama of Farmer’s walkoff hit, on September 9 1939, facing the New York Giants, Brooklyn rookie Chris Hartje in his first MLB AB pinch hit a two-run double in their seven run 8th inning to help Brooklyn win 8-3

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TOP TEN MOST EFFECTIVE ACTIVE BASE STEALERS

 
Rk Player SB% SB From To Age G CS Tm
1 Chase Utley 87.719% 150 2003 2017 24-38 1807 21 PHI-LAD
2 Carlos Beltran 86.427% 312 1998 2017 21-40 2543 49 KCR-NYM-SFG-STL-TEX-NYY-HOU
3 Jarrod Dyson 85.043% 199 2010 2017 25-32 644 35 KCR-SEA
4 Mike Trout 84.239% 155 2011 2017 19-25 872 29 LAA
5 Billy Hamilton 82.909% 228 2013 2017 22-26 495 47 CIN
6 Jacoby Ellsbury 82.673% 334 2007 2017 23-33 1184 70 BOS-NYY
7 Drew Stubbs 82.564% 161 2009 2017 24-32 911 34 CIN-CLE-COL-ATL-BAL-TEX-SFG
8 Willy Taveras 81.590% 195 2004 2010 22-28 670 44 HOU-COL-CIN-WSN
9 Alcides Escobar 81.281% 165 2008 2017 21-30 1238 38 MIL-KCR
10 Ichiro Suzuki 81.280% 508 2001 2017 27-43 2587 117 SEA-NYY-MIA
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Generated 7/31/2017.