GotowarMissAgnes wrote: It seems like a pretty rare event to me to have a rookie steal 35+ bases in a season. Anybody know how often that has happened over the last 20 years or so?
I checked this out. Over the last 30 years or so, 2-3 players on average have stolen more than 30 bases in their first full season. Not all I counted qualified as rookies, but they were first-year full time players.
I counted a few that had 20-something playing part time one year and followed that with a huge jump the next year.
I picked this from sources by hand, so I have a sloppy written list and not an easy way to count. I studied back to '82 carefully. I suspect I missed quite a few before that by not going year to year.
'93-'03 22 players
'69-82 25 at least
I went back to '69 so I could post that both Barry (36) and Bobby (45) Bonds did it.
49 of those players had 35+.
Many more had 20+ in their first year.
Vince Coleman had 110 in 1985. Marquis Grissom had 76 in '91.
Stolen bases are my favorite par of baseball.