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New York Mets All-Time Stolen Base Leaders
The Mets have never been known as a speedy team, as they have mostly been recognized as a power-hitting, strong-pitching team. But over the years they have had some base-stealers that have been fun to watch, including current shortstop Jose Reyes. Here is a list of the Mets’ all-time leaders in stolen bases to date:
Jose Reyes (301)—Despite missing most of the 2009 season, Jose Reyes has been one of the most exciting players ever to wear a Mets’ uniform, since coming up the big leagues in 2003. Reyes already leads the franchise all-time with 301 stolen bases, including leading the National League three straight seasons from 2005 to 2007. Reyes had a career high 78 steals in 2007, but his best overall season so far was 2006, when he hit .300 with 64 stolen bases, 30 doubles, 17 triples, 19 homers and 81 RBI.
Mookie Wilson (281)—Mookie Wilson played most of his career in New York, from 1980 to 1989, and was a key cog in the ’86 championship team. Wilson was a good hitter who was always a threat to steal bases, and he ranks second in Mets’ history with 281 steals. Mookie had a career best 58 steals in 1982, but his best overall season was arguably 1984—with .276 average, 10 homers, 28 doubles, 10 triples, 54 runs batted in and 46 stolen bases.
Howard Johnson (202)—Howard Johnson is best remembered for his playing days as a home run hitter, but he was also adept at running the bases, ranking third in team history with 202 steals. HoJo played for the Mets from 1985 to 1993 and is currently their batting coach. His best season was 1989, when Johnson had a career high 41 stolen bases with 36 homers, 101 RBI, 41 doubles and league-best 104 runs scored.
Darryl Strawberry (191)—Darryl Strawberry was also mostly known as a slugger, but was fast on the base paths as well, at least early in his career. Strawberry played for the Mets from 1983 to 1990, and ranks fourth in franchise history with 191 stolen bases. Strawberry had his best season in 1987, when he stole a career high 36 bases. That year, Strawberry also tied a career best with 39 home runs, and drove in 104 runs with 32 doubles and .583 slugging percentage.
Lee Mazzilli (152)—Lee Mazzilli had two tours of duty with the Mets, from 1976 to 1981, and again from 1986 to 1989. Mazzilli was the Mets’ best player during that first stint, and then helped them win a championship when the team brought him back in 1986. He ranks fifth all-time for the team with 152 stolen bases, and Mazzilli’s best overall season was 1980—that year, he stole a career high 41 bases, and hit .280 with 31 doubles, 16 homers (tied career high) and 76 runs batted in.