On May 23, 2017, in Baltimore, the Twins’ Byron Buxton had second base stolen in the third inning. Despite a nearly perfect throw from Orioles catcher Welington Castillo, Buxton got to the bag just in time with a head-first slide.
But then, Buxton’s momentum carried him past second, and before he could reach back, shortstop J.J. Hardy tagged him out. The mistake went down in the record book as a caught stealing.
Buxton has not been caught since.
Minnesota’s speedy center fielder is quickly establishing himself as one of the most effective and efficient basestealers in today’s game -- and maybe in baseball history. He is now on a run of 32 consecutive successful stolen-base attempts, including three so far in 2019. It’s the longest such streak in Twins history, and the longest in the Majors in nearly seven years.
Streaks of 32+ successful steal attempts, since 2002
Byron Buxton (MIN): 32 attempts, 5/24/2017 to present
Coco Crisp (OAK): 36 attempts, 7/16/2011 to 6/19/2012
Carl Crawford (TB): 32 attempts, 8/1/2008 to 5/26/2009
Jimmy Rollins (PHI): 39 attempts, 9/1/2007 to 7/19/2008
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA): 45 attempts, 4/29/2006 to 5/16/2007
Source: Elias Sports Bureau
Ichiro’s streak is the longest on record by an American League player. Vince Coleman holds the Major League record, swiping 50 consecutive bases without getting caught for the Cardinals between Sept. 18, 1988, and July 26, 1989. (Coleman led the National League in steals in each of his first six seasons, from 1985-’90, racking up 549 during that span at an 82.7 percent success rate.)