In yesterday’s post I pointed out that the number of bases the Phillies have been stealing has dropped off in recent years. In 2011, for the fourth straight year, the Phillies stole fewer bases than they had in the previous season. In three of those four years, their safe rate also went down from the previous year.

In 2007, the Phils were second in the NL in stolen bases with 138. In 2008 they were third with 136. Last year they stole 96, which was eleventh in the league.

So where did all the stolen bases go? Here’s who stole the bases for the Phils in 2007, 2008 and 2011:

Year

Player

SB

CS

Safe

2007

Jimmy Rollins
Shane Victorino
Michael Bourn
Chase Utley
Jayson Werth
Carlos Ruiz
Aaron Rowand
Tadahito Iguchi
Greg Dobbs
Abraham Nunez
Chris Roberson
Ryan Howard
Rod Barajas
Total

41
37
18
9
7
6
6
6
3
2
2
1
0
138

6
4
1
1
1
1
3
1
0
0
0
0
1
19

87.2%
90.2%
94.7%
90.0%
87.5%
85.7%
66.7%
85.7%
100.0%
100.0%
100.0%
100.0%
0.0%
87.9%

2008

Jimmy Rollins
Shane Victorino
Jayson Werth
Chase Utley
Eric Bruntlett
Greg Dobbs
So Taguchi
Carlos Ruiz
Ryan Howard
Geoff Jenkins
Greg Golson
Chris Coste
Total

47
36
20
14
9
3
3
1
1
1
1
0
136

3
11
1
2
2
1
0
2
1
1
0
1
25

94.0%
76.6%
95.2%
87.5%
81.8%
75.0%
100.0%
33.3%
50.0%
50.0%
100.0%
0.0%
84.5%

2011

Jimmy Rollins
Shane Victorino
Chase Utley
John Mayberry
Ben Francisco
Placido Polanco
Wilson Valdez
Michael Martinez
Domonic Brown
Pete Orr
Raul Ibanez
Carlos Ruiz
Ryan Howard
Hunter Pence
Cliff Lee
Cole Hamels
Total

30
19
14
8
4
3
3
3
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
0
96

8
3
0
3
4
0
3
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
24

78.9%
86.4%
100.0%
72.7%
50.0%
100.0%
50.0%
100.0%
75.0%
100.0%
100.0%
100.0%
100.0%
50.0%
100.0%
0.0%
80.0%

It sure seems like getting older should be the answer, and it probably is. Notably, though, Chase Utley’s stolen bases haven’t slowed since ’07 and ’08. Utley got 159 fewer plate appearances in 2011 than he got in either of 2007 or 2008, but still managed to steal 14 bags, as many as he swiped in ’08 and more than ’07.

The guys that are dramatically down are Rollins and Victorino. In 2007, they combined to steal 78 bases and in 2008 they combined to steal 83. In 2011, they combined to steal 49. In 2001, when the Phils led the NL with 153 stolen bases, they combined to steal 46 with Victorino not on the team. He was busy hitting 283/344/400 (and stealing 47 bases) for the Wilmington Waves in the Dodger organization.

Finally, during the 2007 and 2008 seasons, the Phillies also benefited significantly from the stolen base efforts of Michael Bourn and Jayson Werth. Bourn stole 18 bases for the Phils in 2007 and was caught just once. Between 2007 and 2008, Jayson Werth stole 27 bases and was caught twice.