Ben Revere Is Fast and Crafty and Steals Bases

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 29: Ben Revere #11 of the Minnesota Twins steals third base during the first inning of the game against the Cleveland Indians on July 29, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

About 48 and one half weeks ago, we were talking about Ben Revere being the owner of the Minnesota Twins stolen base record for rookies. At the time he'd just stolen his 33rd base in what would be his penultimate swipe of the year, moving him two ahead of Luis Rivas and his previous record of 31 that had been set a decade prior. Revere's 79% success rate was among the best in baseball.

This year Revere has stolen 30 bases through 90 games, setting him 13 games ahead of his 2011 pace. His success rate this season is about the same (81%), which is great, even if it's not Mike Trout territory. Which is some bizarro wormhole video game world anyway.

The last time that a Twins stole 30 or more bases in back-to-back seasons, Chuck Knoblauch was among the most notorious base stealers in the game. Knobby stole 45 bases in 1996 and followed that up with 62 swipes in 1997, his final season in Minnesota. He averaged 39 steals per season from 1991 to 1997.

My question: can Revere take 40 this season?

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