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MLB Stolen Base Leaders By Year—2000s
Guys like Maury Wills, Lou Brock and Rickey Henderson revolutionized the art of base-stealing in Major League Baseball over the last few decades. And while no one has come close to Henderson's modern day mark of 118 in one season, there have been lots of players with more than 50. Here is a list of the major league leaders in steals in the current decade:
2007-Jose Reyes, New York Mets (78)
Jose Reyes has been a spark plug unlike any the Mets have had since Mookie Wilson and Lenny Dykstra. Since becoming the full-time shortstop in 2005, Reyes has never had a season with fewer than 60 steals. In 2007, he led the majors for the second straight year with 78 stolen bases, and hit .280 with 12 homers, 57 RBI, 36 doubles, 12 triples, 77 walks, 119 runs and an on-base percentage of .354.
2006-Jose Reyes, New York Mets (64)
Reyes was really coming into his own in 2006, helping lead the Mets to within one win of reaching the World Series. That season, Reyes also had a major league high of 64 steals. He batted .300 with 19 homers, 81 runs batted in, 30 doubles, 17 triples, 122 runs and an on base average of .354.
2005-Chone Figgins, Los Angeles Angels (62)
Chone Figgins is another of those speedy leadoff hitters that has helped wreak havoc on the base paths for the Angels' opponents the last few seasons. In 2005, Figgins led all major leaguers with 62 stolen bases. He also batted .290 with 25 doubles, 10 triples, 8 homers, 57 RBI, 113 runs, 64 walks and a .352 on-base percentage.
2004-Scott Podsednik, Milwaukee Brewers (70)
While Brewers' infielder Scott Podsednik didn't quite hit for the average in 2004 as he did in 2003 (.244 as opposed to .314 the year before), he did lead the majors in stolen bases with 70. Podsednik had 12 homers, 27 doubles, 7 triples, 58 walks, and an on-base average of .313. He went on to play a few years with the White Sox and is currently with the Colorado Rockies.
2003-Juan Pierre, Florida Marlins (65)
Juan Pierre is still a great hitter and speedster on the bases, but he hasn't led the major leagues in stolen bases in a few years. The last time was in 2003 while Pierre was with the Marlins, helping them to a World Series title. That season, Pierre hit .305 with 65 steals, 28 doubles, 7 triples, 204 hits, 100 runs, and a .361 on-base average.
2002-Luis Castillo, Florida Marlins (48)
Like many players, infielder Luis Castillo was part of those great Marlins' teams of the late ‘90's and early 00's that was let go in a fire sale. In fact he is one of the few players from both Florida World Series champs of 1997 and 2003. Castillo led the majors in stolen bases in the 2002 season with 48, while batting .305 with 18 doubles, 5 triples, and an on-base percentage of .364.
2001-Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners (56)
In his first season in the big leagues in North America, Japanese import Ichiro Suzuki really took the league by storm. He won both the AL Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors, and part of the reason was a major league best 56 stolen bases. But Ichiro did much more, as he batted .350 with 34 doubles, 8 triples, 8 home runs, 69 RBI, 127 runs, 242 hits, a .381 on-base average, and a slugging percentage of .457.
2000-Luis Castillo, Florida Marlins (62)
Luis Castillo is clearly not as fast as he used to be, and is currently playing second base for the New York Mets. Castillo led the majors in steals in 2000, and had a career high as well that year with 62. It was the first of two seasons in a three-year span in which he led the league in stolen bases. Castillo also had a career-best .334 batting average that year, with 17 doubles, 100 runs, 78 walks and on-base average of .418.