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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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ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 13: Eric Young, Jr. #1 of the New York Mets is tagged out on a steal attempt by Andrelton Simmons #19 of the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on September 13, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Mets Stolen Base Percentage Leaders

1. Carlos Beltran (86.21%)

Carlos Beltran is one of only three players in history to successful steal 86 percent or more, behind only Alexi Casilla and, ugh, Chase Utley (Kaz Matsui and Jason Bay are also in the top 10 all-time in MLB).

With Reyes on the team, Beltran was not the guy catchers keyed on, but he wiped dust off his uniform after stealing successfully 100 times as a Met. He was caught just 16 times.

2. Eric Young Jr. (82.56%)

In fewer than three seasons as a Met, covering just 209 games, Eric Young Jr. stole 71 bases and was caught just 15 times. He lived up to his reputation as a speed-first player who could take an extra base with his legs.

After being acquired from the Rockies for pitcher Colin McHugh in June 2013, Young stole 38 of his 46 bases that year as a Met to lead the National League in steals. He is the only Met besides Jose Reyes to lead the league in that category.

3. Lenny Dykstra (82.27%)

Lenny Dykstra drove opposing pitchers insane with his baserunning, much like he drives his legal team batty with erratic behavior in his post-playing career. He led the 1986 Mets in steals with 31 in 38 attempts.

This was a guy who stole 105 bases in one year in the minors. Nails had the wheels and knew when to steal.

4. Kevin McReynolds (80.72%)

On a team full of personalities, it was often hard to remember Kevin McReynolds was even there. Pitchers seemed to forget about him, too. He was safe of 36 of his first 37 steal attempts as a Met, including a perfect 21-for-21 in 1988.

The laconic left fielder was not as successful after that, but he had 67 steals and 16 caught stealing in six seasons as a Met.

5. Jose Reyes (80.0%)

Someone who steals as often as Jose did is bound to get caught more often the sly base stealer, but Reyes was just great at stealing bases—and racking up triples (another team record he leads by a mile).

Jose Reyes stole 517 bases overall in his career and was safe on four of every five attempts. Even in his second go-round with the Mets, he still managed 79 percent (38 of 48).

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Mookie Wilson and Darryl Strawberry are in the Mets Hall of Fame among the members of these two categories, but at least four of this number should go in—if the Mets ever get around to electing anyone else. Putting Jose Reyes and David Wright in at the same time would be fitting. And fun.

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