• 2005-07 Yanks: Great Stealing Team That No One Noticed?

    Posted by on November 29th, 2008 · Comments (8)

    I was just playing around with the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, looking at the Yankees team SB success rates from 1940, and, well, here they are:

    YEAR	SB	CS	SBS%
    2006	139	35	79.9%
    1988	146	39	78.9%
    2005	85	27	75.9%
    2007	123	40	75.5%
    2001	161	53	75.2%
    1991	109	36	75.2%
    2008	118	39	75.2%
    1964	54	18	75.0%
    2003	98	33	74.8%
    1944	91	31	74.6%
    1985	155	53	74.5%
    1986	139	48	74.3%
    1990	119	45	72.6%
    2002	100	38	72.5%
    2004	84	33	71.8%
    1976	163	65	71.5%
    1987	105	43	70.9%
    1998	153	63	70.8%
    1980	86	36	70.5%
    1978	98	42	70.0%
    1989	137	60	69.5%
    1955	55	25	68.8%
    1992	78	37	67.8%
    1942	69	33	67.6%
    1996	96	46	67.6%
    2000	99	48	67.3%
    1959	45	22	67.2%
    1951	78	39	66.7%
    1983	84	42	66.7%
    1949	58	30	65.9%
    1999	104	57	64.6%
    1968	90	50	64.3%
    1965	35	20	63.6%
    1975	102	59	63.4%
    1970	105	61	63.3%
    1997	99	58	63.1%
    1967	63	37	63.0%
    1972	71	42	62.8%
    1966	49	29	62.8%
    1995	50	30	62.5%
    1940	59	36	62.1%
    1977	93	57	62.0%
    1984	62	38	62.0%
    1963	42	26	61.8%
    1960	37	23	61.7%
    1969	119	74	61.7%
    1981	47	30	61.0%
    1961	28	18	60.9%
    1941	51	33	60.7%
    1982	69	45	60.5%
    1974	53	35	60.2%
    1958	48	32	60.0%
    1945	64	43	59.8%
    1950	41	28	59.4%
    1962	42	29	59.2%
    1979	65	46	58.6%
    1956	51	37	58.0%
    1994	55	40	57.9%
    1946	48	35	57.8%
    1971	75	55	57.7%
    1957	49	38	56.3%
    1952	52	42	55.3%
    1947	27	23	54.0%
    1993	39	35	52.7%
    1973	47	43	52.2%
    1948	24	24	50.0%
    1954	34	41	45.3%
    1953	34	44	43.6%
    1943	46	60	43.4%
    

    I think it’s pretty safe to say that the 2005-07 Yankees were the best base stealing unit in modern Yankees history.

    Here’s who led that effort – guys who stole bases for the Yanks from 2005 through 2007:

    Player	 	SB	 CS	SBS%
     Tino Martinez	2	0	100.0%
     Jason Giambi	3	0	100.0%
     Jorge Posada	6	0	100.0%
     Matt Lawton	1	0	100.0%
     Kevin Reese	1	0	100.0%
     Kevin Thompson	2	0	100.0%
     Miguel Cairo	21	2	91.3%
     Tony Womack	27	5	84.4%
     Gary Sheffield	15	3	83.3%
     Alex Rodriguez	60	14	81.1%
     Bubba Crosby	8	2	80.0%
     Johnny Damon	52	13	80.0%
     Bobby Abreu	35	10	77.8%
     Derek Jeter	63	18	77.8%
     Melky Cabrera	25	10	71.4%
     Aaron Guiel	2	1	66.7%
     Hideki Matsui	7	4	63.6%
     Bern. Williams	3	2	60.0%
     Robinson Cano	10	10	50.0%
     Nick Green	1	1	50.0%
     Andy Phillips	3	5	37.5%
    

    Miguel Cairo, Tony Womack, and Gary Sheffield are a big reason why the Yankees did so well then – along with, of course, Alex Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Derek Jeter.

    I wonder: Will we ever see the Yankees (again) have a three year span where they had so many guys who ran well? And, if they do, will anyone notice? Did anyone notice what was happening from 2005 to 2007?

    Comments on 2005-07 Yanks: Great Stealing Team That No One Noticed?

    1. Corey
      November 29th, 2008 | 12:47 pm

      It amazes me that Matsui and Posada had any SB. Must have all been caught sleeping steals

    2. Corey
      November 29th, 2008 | 1:16 pm

      ,…or trailing runner on a double steal

    3. BILLSTYLE
      November 29th, 2008 | 1:20 pm

      Love seeing Tino top that list :)

      The Yankees really have gone under the radar with SBs over this span, but I think it’s because we’ve never really had a legitimate burner, only baserunners who are above-average in speed, but know how to run the bases well, like Rodriquez, Abreu, and Jeter.

    4. thenewguy
      November 29th, 2008 | 8:20 pm

      HA! Cairo was good for something!

    5. thenewguy
      November 29th, 2008 | 8:21 pm

      Also, shouldn’t Jorge be at the top of the list? Since he shares the highest % but has the most SBs?

    6. jmeisner
      November 30th, 2008 | 12:31 am

      Can’t say I “noticed” it happening, but I always knew that Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are two of the best baserunners in all of baseball… they really pick their spots when it comes to stealing bases and they always make great decisions when the ball is in play.

    7. November 30th, 2008 | 12:20 pm

      I was just looking at the Yankees’s team single season SB vs. the league average figures since 1940.

      The 2006 Yankees were +50. That’s the 2nd best Yankees figure during that time.

      The only figure better was 1985, when the Yankees were +52. Well, Rickey Henderson was +70, so everyone else was -18. So, actually, Rickey Henderson was the best stealing Yankees team.

      And, for the record, the 2007 team was 10th, at +26, and the 2008 team was tied for 12th, at +24.

    8. November 30th, 2008 | 12:25 pm

      I just took a look at the Yankees’s single season CS vs. the league average figures, since 1940.

      The best figure from 2005-present was 2005. But, unlike the SB figures, that team was all the way down at a tie for 25th on the list, with +9 (and, yes, that does mean 9 CS less than the league average, not 9 more than it).

      The 2006 team was just +1, putting them in a tie for 45th. 2007 was -5 and 2008 was -4, ranking T56 and T53, respectively.

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