Philadelphia Phillies star Trea Turner has been among the league’s finest base-stealers for nearly a decade now.
He used to steal 30 or even 40 bases per season in his twenties, and even though he has slowed down a bit in the last couple of years, he is still capable of swiping a bag whenever he wants to.
In 2023, he has 22 thefts as of Wednesday afternoon.
That might not seem too impressive given his past standards, but there is an important thing to point out here: he has done all that without getting caught.
One more successful stolen base attempt and he will tie a record.
“Trea Turner is one stolen base away from tying Chase Utley for the most steals in a season without being caught,” Stathead tweeted.
— Stathead (@Stathead) August 23, 2023
In 2009, a 30-year-old Chase Utley (who happened to play for the Phillies at the time, too) swiped 23 bases without getting caught.
To this day, it’s the MLB record.
As of Wednesday, Turner is tied with Alcides Escobar, who completed 22 successful steal attempts in 2013.
He was with the Kansas City Royals back then.
Caught-stealing plays can be detrimental to a team.
On the other hand, someone like Turner who can steal bases in bunches without getting caught is a true asset to a team.
Will he be able to make history and become the person with most stolen bases in a season without being caught?
Only time will tell, but thankfully, we are only a few weeks from finding out.NEXT: Trea Turner Has Been Thriving Since The Fans Got Behind Him