The New York Mets are not a team that baseball fans think of when talking about stolen bases. Other teams are more associated with the stolen base category. Even though the greatest base-stealer of all-time, Rickey Henderson played for the Mets for 2 years.
During the 1980’s center fielder, Mookie Wilson thrilled Mets fans with his speed. Mookie stole 58 bases in 1982 alone. His 281 steals were more than twice Bud Harrelson’s previous franchise record of 115.
Later, infielder Howard Johnson, mostly known for being a switch-hitting power hitter, led the team in steals twice and stole 20 or more bases six straight years. He had 30-30 seasons twice, in 1987 and 1989 when he swiped 41 bases. Johnson finished his Mets career with 202 swipes.
Vince Coleman only played for the Mets three years. Better known for his glory days as a Cardinal, Coleman joined the Mets in 1992. His stolen base totals the next three seasons were 37, 24, and 38. Nothing to sneeze at, but far from his 6 years in St. Louis where he had three separate seasons of stealing over 100 bases.
Most Stolen Bases in a Game
Vince Coleman and Roger Cedeño have the most stolen bases in a single Mets game. They both stole 4 bases in a game. Coleman did it twice, once in 1992 and again in 1993. Strangely he didn’t get a hit in either game! Cedeño stole 4 bases in a game in 1999.
The first time Vince Coleman stole 4 bags in a game was on June 26th, 1992 in St. Louis against his old team the Cardinals. He actually tried to steal 5 bases but was caught once. As mentioned, he didn’t get a hit in the game, walking 3 times. The next time was on June 23, 1993, at Shea against the Expos. He didn’t get a hit in that game either! Reaching on a ground out, an error, and a walk.
Roger Cedeño stole 4 bases in a game in 1999 at Philadelphia. On May 14th of that year, Roger went 2-5 and also reached on an error. The Mets won the game 7-3.
Then Jose Reyes joined the Mets in 2003. Reyes obliterated most of the other Mets’ stolen bases records. He set the single-season record for stolen bases in 2007 with 78. By the time his Mets career ended in 2018, he totaled 408 stolen bases. Easily outpacing Mookie’s 281 bags.