There's no debating it; the stolen base has experienced a renaissance. After seeing the total number of stolen bases experience a downturn since the 1999 season, the lack of stolen bases in the major leagues became a common topic for fantasy statheads and roto geeks across the Web.
This year, however, has been a different story. Led by Jose Reyes and his 78 thefts, MLB as a whole has been off and running. By the time the regular season ends Sunday, MLB players will have totaled more than 2,900 stolen bases this season. Comparatively speaking, that will be the most swipes in a season since 3,103 in 2001. It's not exactly a tough phenomenon to explain, either. Take a look at this: