Revolution Manager Mark Mason was seriously not kidding around when he said he wanted to get faster coming into this season. Franchise stolen base records continue to drop like flies, or Skeeters, if you will.
In a 12-11 win over Somerset on August 31, York stole nine bases to shatter the previous franchise best of six, which had happened twice. The first time was on August 8, 2009 in a 10-9 home loss to Newark, and the most recent was last Sunday, a 4-1 road win at Camden on August 24. Wilson Valdez led the way with three steals, and Sean Smith, Justin Greene and Eric Patterson each had two to set the new record, which had already been broken by the sixth inning when Smith stole both of his bases and Greene stole one. Valdez of course set a new single-season franchise steals mark this year when he eclipsed the 28 of Scott Grimes in 2010 – back on July 7 with a cool 69 games remaining in the season.
With 164 stolen bases as a team through the end of August, this year’s Revolution have blown away the team record from 2007, when the inaugural Revs stole exactly 100. That mark fell with 62 games remaining in the season. If you’re wondering if the 2014 Revolution have a chance at the all-time Atlantic League team stolen base record, they do not. In 2000 Somerset stole 265 bases, led by Billy Hall who stole a still-league record 104 on his own. However, the top three individual base-stealing efforts in Revolution history already belong to players on this year’s club, with 19 regular season games to go. Justin Greene (29), Sean Smith (34) and Wilson Valdez (47) have all eclipsed the previously tepid record of 28 by Grimes. It’s interesting Wilson Valdez will begins Labor Day with 47 steals, as that was the total number of stolen bases for the Revolution in all of 2013. And yes, you read that correctly. By the end of the season, the top four individual steals efforts in Revolution history will likely be with members of this club, as Eric Patterson has 23 steals through 121 games. At 164, York enjoyed a 57-steal lead on Long Island for tops in the Atlantic League through August 31. They’ve attempted 200 times, for an 82% success rate.
As we hit the home stretch on Labor Day weekend, other franchise record tidbits after the jump (all stats through August 31):