Since that moment, Buxton has not been caught stealing again.
In 2017 he went on to steal:
4 more in May
4 in June
3 in July
8 in August
5 in September
That totaled 24 consecutive stolen bases without a caught stealing against.
In 2018, as we all know, Buxton had a lost season. Well, that’s not entirely true. He did not, in fact, lose everything that season. He did not lose an out on the base paths due to a caught stealing, nor, therefore, did he lose his consecutive stolen base streak. He stole:
1 bag in March
3 bases in April
1 more base in May
It wasn’t much, but it did add five more steals to his totals, bringing his running total up to 29 consecutive bases stolen without being caught.
This year, Byron has started the season is 3 for 3 on the bases. He missed out on nabbing a March steal, but he has notched steals in three different April games - thus far.
So as of today, (April 13, 2019) Byron Buxton has 32 consecutive steals without being caught.
Where does that stack up? Those 32 steals means that he’s already got the Twins record for consecutive steals. In the history of MLB, there are only 8 men who have gotten to 35 consecutive steals, including three who have done it twice (Davey Lopes, Jimmy Rollins, and Tim Raines.). Three have managed 40 or more; Raines (40), Ichiro (45), and the all-time record is held by Vince Coleman, who managed a nice round 50 consecutive stolen bases without being caught.
So just exactly how far Buxton can climb up this list is the question. Or rather, the questions:
—Will he become the ninth player in MLB history to steal 35 straight bases?
—Will he keep the streak alive until May 23, thus going two whole years without getting caught?
—Will he join Raines, Ichiro and Coleman as the fourth all-time to notch 40 consecutive stolen bases?
—Or...will he manage 19 more straight steals, thereby getting to 51 and setting a new MLB record?
Let the countdown begin.
Run, Buxton, Run!
Edited by AlwaysinModeration, 13 April 2019 - 05:59 AM.