Stolen Bases, Caught Stealingand 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.]
 SB2SB3SBH 112,58113,6331,119

The breakdown of the 62,287 Caught Stealing are:
 CS2CS3CSH 53,9465,5922,749

The breakdown of the 3,103 Catcher Pickoffs are:
 PKc1PKc2PKc3 1,4361,050617

Excluding Catcher Pickoffs, the Success Rate for Stolen Bases were:
[Note that the below includes solo, double & triple combinations.]
 SB2SB3SBHSB 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) 3,71377460

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) 493

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 CampanellaClay DalrympleYogi BerraDick BertellIvan RodriguezGus TriandosSherm LollarDel CrandallSteve LakeJoe 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 BardScott HattebergJoe NolanGary BennettLuis PujolsMichael BarrettDave NilssonMike FitzgeraldCraig BiggioMike 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 DalrympleYogi BerraGus TriandosDick BertellDel CrandallIvan RodriguezSteve LakeJoe AzcueEarl BatteyBuck Rodgers .4840.4753.4703.4622.4531.4499.4493.4396.4343.4341

CS3 (Minimum 40 SB Attempts of Runner On 2nd Going to 3rd).
 Mike RedmondIvan RodriguezJoe AzcueCharles JohnsonRon KarkoviceJohnny BenchCharlie MooreGus TriandosEd BaileyMike Heath .4898.4855.4750.4608.4524.4494.4474.4419.4375.4304

CSH (Minimum of 15 Attempts of Runner On 3rd Going Home).
 Johnny BenchJody DavisTony PenaChris CannizzaroRay FosseMike HeathBo DiazRick DempseyMike SciosciaJason Kendall .9500.9200.8906.8750.8696.8667.8636.8621.8462.8333

The Catchers with the Most Pickoffs (Career):
 PKc1PKc2PKc3PKc Tot 50242881 Ivan RodriguezBenito SantiagoBob BooneIvan Rodriguez

Catchers with the Most Stolen Base Attempts Against them (SB & CS Only)
 SBA2SBA3SBAHSBA Tot 2,078219642,294 Gary CarterMike PiazzaTony PenaGary Carter

The 10 Best Catcher Seasons (minimum 50 SBA's all bases and all situations) were:
 Gus TriandosJason LaRueDick BertellThurman MunsonEarl BatteyHenry BlancoBob BooneEllie Rodriguez 1957 BAL2001 CIN1963 CHN1971 NYA1960 WAS2000 MIL1982 CAL1971 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):
 7062626057 Jim Sundberg - Ricky HendersonTony Pena - Tim RainesBill Freehan - Bert CampanerisErnie Whitt - Rickey HendersonGary 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.]

 Year19661962197419571970197319921996197519851968 CTeamKCAHOUCLEWASPHICALTOROAKMINTEXBAL SBH65544444444 CSH31100011222 SBAH96644455666

The Top Team Victors (Stealing Home) List:

 Year1969199619631980197419621974199519761989 RTeamMINKCASLNOAKCALLANMILKCAKCAMIL SBH10977666666 CSH124214244577 SBAH221392181010111313

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

 Year19801969198019871975 TeamOAKMINTORSFNTEX SBH710120 CSH1412111010 SBAH2122121210