HOUSTON - JUNE 15: Michael Bourn #21 of the Houston Astros steals third base in the fourth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Minute Maid Park on June 15, 2011 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Astros have had 10 seasons in which an Astro player stole at least 52 bases. Coinciding with game 52 on the season we'll take a look at those players and the season in which they did it in.
Five players account for the Astros 10 seasons with 52 or more stolen bases.
Cesar Cedeno was the first player to do it and also did it the most. From 72-74 and 76-77 he reached 52 or more stolen bases. He set the franchise mark in 1972 with 55. Every year following that year, with the exception of 1975, he set a new mark until 1977. In 1977 he set the franchise record at 61, 12 years later it was broken by Gerald Young.
In 1988 at the age of 23 Young set the mark that currently stands today at 65. Eric Yelding came close to matching that mark in 1990 with 64. The next time someone would come even remotely close was 19 years later when Michael Bourn stole 61 in 2009. Bourn the following year posted 52 making him and Cedeno the only two Astros will multiple 52+ seasons.
Bill Hatcher is the fifth member of the club with 53 in 1987. That 1987 is the best season out of all 10 in terms of stolen base percentage with an 83.1% stolen base success rate.
It could it be another 10 or more years before we see another player with 52 or more stolen bases? Or is there hope already in the farm system with that type of potential?
Delino DeShields currently has 32 in Lexington. Could he be joining the club in the near future?