The majors steal the fewest bases in 54 years (0.45 per game), but Rob Manfred wants that to change and the lab started in the minor leagues, with bigger pads and pitcher limitations to prevent running backs.
The first data shows increases of up to 85 percent in Class A.
As those changes come to the Big Show, Starling Marte, at almost 33 years old, looks the best stealing form of her career, exploiting a resource that should add value when she starts looking for work in November.
Marte has ripped off the 23 quilts he has tried since joining the Athletics on Aug. 31, has already become the first player to steal at least 20 in each league and is close to entering several exclusive circles.
According to the Elias Sport Bureau, the mark in the Athletics of steals to start a campaign is held by Mitchell Page, with 26 in 1937, so the Villa Mella needs to be successful in three attempts to reach it.
When Marte packed his suitcases in Miami to California in August, he took the 22 bases scammed with the Marlins this season and now totals 45, the most in all of Major League Baseball.
He has had a 93 percent success rate for all of 2021, only being put out on attempt three times while in Florida.
He now has 294 steals in his career, one step away from becoming the eighth Dominican to reach 300.
With five robberies, he would be the 12th person who reaches 50 in a season, a club that includes César Cedeño (he did it five times), José Reyes (4), Miguel Diloné (2), Luis Castillo (2), Hanley Ramírez ( 2), Franklin Taveras (2), Luis Polonia (2), Juan Samuel (2), Quilvio Veras, Jonathan Villar and Willy Taveras.