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Stolen Bases, Caught Stealing
and Catcher Pickoffs

(Analysis by Chuck Rosciam)

With tremendous thanks to Dave Smith, Tom Ruane and Retrosheet.org, I extracted all Stolen Bases (SB), Caught Stealing (CS), and Catcher Pickoffs (PKc) for the years 1956 to 2007. Here are some of the "Numbers" that I found in a preliminary analysis:

The Total SB-CS-PKc events in the data period are 192,723
The Total SBs are 127,333
The Total CSs are 62,287
The Total PKcs are 3,103
[Note that the above events include all solo, double & triple combinations of SB-CS-PKc]

There were 4,044 different Base Runners in the SB-CS-PKc events
There were 818 different Catchers in these SB-CS-PKc events
 

[SB2 = A Steal of 2nd Base, SB3 = A Steal of 3rd Base, SBH = A Steal of Home, CS2 = Caught Stealing 2nd Base, CS3 = Caught Stealing 3rd Base, CSH = Caught Stealing Home, PKc1 = Pickoff at 1st Base, PKc2 = Pickoff at 2nd Base, PKc3 = Pickoff at 3rd Base.]

The breakdown of the 127,333 Stolen Bases are:
[Includes solo, double and triple SB combinations.]
SB2
SB3
SBH
 

112,581
13,633
1,119

The breakdown of the 62,287 Caught Stealing are:
CS2
CS3
CSH
 

53,946
5,592
2,749

The breakdown of the 3,103 Catcher Pickoffs are:
PKc1
PKc2
PKc3
 

1,436
1,050
617


Excluding Catcher Pickoffs, the Success Rate for Stolen Bases were:
[Note that the below includes solo, double & triple combinations.]
SB2
SB3
SBH
SB
  67.6%
70.9%
28.9%
67.2%

Of the total SBs (192,723) there were 4,547 Double Steals:
Double Steals (SB2-SB3)
Double Steals (SB2-SBH)
Double Steals (SB3-SBH)
 

3,713
774
60

Of the total SBs there were 27 Triple Steals

Of the Total CSs (62,287) there were 16 Double Caught:
Double Caught (CS2-CS3)
Double Caught (CS2-CSH)
Double Caught (CS3-CSH)
 

4
9
3

There were NO Triple Caught Stealings.

The Top 10 (Best) Catchers Career (data period only with 250+ SBA's minimum) CS% are:
(Only 236 of 818 catchers qualified)
Roy Campanella
Clay Dalrymple
Yogi Berra
Dick Bertell
Ivan Rodriguez
Gus Triandos
Sherm Lollar
Del Crandall
Steve Lake
Joe Azcue
  .5721
.4880
.4780
.4774
.4754
.4662
.4618
.4544
.4543
.4517

The Bottom 10 (Worst) Catchers Career (data period only with 250+ SBA minimum) CS% are:
(Only 236 of 818 catchers qualified)
Josh Bard
Scott Hatteberg
Joe Nolan
Gary Bennett
Luis Pujols
Michael Barrett
Dave Nilsson
Mike Fitzgerald
Craig Biggio
Mike Piazza
  .1952
.2089
.2095
.2178
.2249
.2255
.2267
.2275
.2305
.2320

The Best 10 Catchers (Career of data period only) at Stopping Base Thefts for each base were: [Note that data includes all combinations of SBs and CSs.]

CS2 (Minimum 200 SB Attempts of Runner On 1st Going to 2nd).
Clay Dalrymple
Yogi Berra
Gus Triandos
Dick Bertell
Del Crandall
Ivan Rodriguez
Steve Lake
Joe Azcue
Earl Battey
Buck Rodgers
  .4840
.4753
.4703
.4622
.4531
.4499
.4493
.4396
.4343
.4341

CS3 (Minimum 40 SB Attempts of Runner On 2nd Going to 3rd).
Mike Redmond
Ivan Rodriguez
Joe Azcue
Charles Johnson
Ron Karkovice
Johnny Bench
Charlie Moore
Gus Triandos
Ed Bailey
Mike Heath
  .4898
.4855
.4750
.4608
.4524
.4494
.4474
.4419
.4375
.4304

CSH (Minimum of 15 Attempts of Runner On 3rd Going Home).
Johnny Bench
Jody Davis
Tony Pena
Chris Cannizzaro
Ray Fosse
Mike Heath
Bo Diaz
Rick Dempsey
Mike Scioscia
Jason Kendall
  .9500
.9200
.8906
.8750
.8696
.8667
.8636
.8621
.8462
.8333

The Catchers with the Most Pickoffs (Career):
PKc1
PKc2
PKc3
PKc Tot
50
24
28
81
  Ivan Rodriguez
Benito Santiago
Bob Boone
Ivan Rodriguez

Catchers with the Most Stolen Base Attempts Against them (SB & CS Only)
SBA2
SBA3
SBAH
SBA Tot
2,078
219
64
2,294
  Gary Carter
Mike Piazza
Tony Pena
Gary Carter


The 10 Best Catcher Seasons (minimum 50 SBA's all bases and all situations) were:
Gus Triandos
Jason LaRue
Dick Bertell
Thurman Munson
Earl Battey
Henry Blanco
Bob Boone
Ellie Rodriguez
1957 BAL
2001 CIN
1963 CHN
1971 NYA
1960 WAS
2000 MIL
1982 CAL
1971 MIL
.6667
.6087
.6027
.5965
.5857
.5821
.5818
.5775

Most Stolen Base Attempts Against (Season)
198    1983    Terry Kennedy (SD) SB=135, CS=63

Most Stolen Bases Against (Season)
155    1996    Mike Piazza (LAN)

Most Caught Stealing (Season)
89    1986    Jody Davis (CHN)

Catcher Who Had the Most Steals of Home Against Him (Season)
4    1974    Glenn Borgmann MIN
4    1975    Glenn Borgmann MIN

Catcher Who Caught the Most Stealing Home (Season)
8    1984    Tony Pena PIT

The Top 5 Catcher-Runner Career Match-ups (SB-CS-PK events):
70
62
62
60
57
Jim Sundberg - Ricky Henderson
Tony Pena - Tim Raines
Bill Freehan - Bert Campaneris
Ernie Whitt - Rickey Henderson
Gary Carter - Vince Coleman

The following is a year-by-year list of the total MLB steals of home (SBH), caught stealing (CSH) and Total Attempted (SBAH).

Year SBH CSH SBAH
1956 16 26 42
1957 21 24 45
1958 17 30 47
1959 13 27 40
1960 13 36 49
1961 12 29 41
1962 30 32 62
1963 24 38 62
1964 18 29 47
1965 19 29 48
1966 22 54 76
1967 22 59 81
1968 25 48 73
1969 26 66 92
1970 23 51 74
1971 22 65 87
1972 21 70 91
1973 22 45 67
1974 32 73 105
1975 26 89 115
1976 33 56 89
1977 29 77 106
1978 26 67 93
1979 14 55 69
1980 25 85 110
1981 14 41 55
1982 18 47 65
1983 14 77 91
1984 22 57 79
1985 25 69 94
1986 18 85 103
1987 16 63 79
1988 24 61 85
1989 25 73 98
1990 12 53 65
1991 16 67 83
1992 25 61 86
1993 17 56 73
1994 8 30 38
1995 24 33 57
1996 38 52 90
1997 19 73 92
1998 19 50 69
1999 21 46 67
2000 18 40 58
2001 17 56 73
2002 8 35 43
2003 9 39 48
2004 8 29 37
2005 13 38 51
2006 11 32 43
2007 8 27 35

The Top Team Victims (Stole Home On) List:
[Note that CTeam refers to Catcher's Team and RTeam refers to Runner's Team.]


Year
1966
1962
1974
1957
1970
1973
1992
1996
1975
1985
1968
CTeam
KCA
HOU
CLE
WAS
PHI
CAL
TOR
OAK
MIN
TEX
BAL
SBH
6
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
CSH
3
1
1
0
0
0
1
1
2
2
2
SBAH
9
6
6
4
4
4
5
5
6
6
6

The Top Team Victors (Stealing Home) List:

Year
1969
1996
1963
1980
1974
1962
1974
1995
1976
1989
RTeam
MIN
KCA
SLN
OAK
CAL
LAN
MIL
KCA
KCA
MIL
SBH
10
9
7
7
6
6
6
6
6
6
CSH
12
4
2
14
2
4
4
5
7
7
SBAH
22
13
9
21
8
10
10
11
13
13

The Top 5 BAD THIEVES Teams (Caught Stealing Home) List:

Year
1980
1969
1980
1987
1975
Team
OAK
MIN
TOR
SFN
TEX
SBH
7
10
1
2
0
CSH
14
12
11
10
10
SBAH
21
22
12
12
10



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