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New York Mets all-time greatest base thieves in franchise history

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: A view of the socks worn by Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets on the field in the sixth inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 29: Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets slides into third base on his two run RBI triple against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field on August 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Mets All-Time Stolen Base Leaders

1. Jose Reyes (408 SBs)

It starts and ends with Jose Reyes, who has the franchise marks for stolen bases in a season and a career. He led the team in steals seven times and paced the National League each year from 2005 to 2007.

His 408 steals (and 510 attempts) may seem as unbreakable in today’s game as many records held by Tom Seaver’s records. Yet stealing has resurfaced as a style of play many times in history. And if you have a guy as fast as Jose, why wouldn’t you steal?

2. Mookie Wilson (281 SBs)

Mookie Wilson’s 281 steals more than doubled Bud Harrelson’s previous career mark (115). Mookie brought energy to a team that had none in the early 1980s. He was the first Mets to steal 50 bases in a season in 1982—and then he did it again the following year.

Wilson stole 20 or more bases each of his eight full seasons with the club. Mook led the team in stolen bases for four straight years (1981-84) and also made the NL top 10 each year during a runner’s era.

3. Howard Johnson (202 SBs)

If Jose Reyes and Mookie Wilson are the speed-first Mets on this list, Howard Johnson kicks off the power-first portion. HoJo was one of the most complete offensive players in club history, even if he—for reasons unknown—dominated in odd-numbered years and was just all right in even-numbered seasons.

Johnson rang up 30-30 seasons in 1987, 1989, and 1991. HoJo led the team in steals twice and swiped 20 or more bases six straight years.

4. David Wright (196 SBs)

If not for getting injured while stealing a base in the first week of the 2015 season, I would not connect David Wright and the stolen base.

But like his mentor and batting instructor Howard Johnson, Wright led the team in steals twice and he was good for double-digit steal totals year after year. Like nearly every other team offensive category, Wright was close to the top.

5. Darryl Strawberry (191 SBs)

It is common to say that someone who runs fast runs like a deer, but Strawberry really did resemble a deer when running. He was fluid, graceful, and extremely fast. Do you know how many times he led the team in steals? Once.

If you look at his overall stats, they are impressive. If you saw him play, you wonder how he didn’t do more with his talent.

While the sheer number of stolen bases a player amasses is impressive, the percentage is also essential when looking at what makes a great base thief.

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