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Dee Gordon reaches 60 stolen bases

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Thearon W. Henderson

Dee Gordon with his steal of second base in the third inning against Tim Lincecum and catcher Buster Posey of the Giants on Saturday and now has 60 stolen bases on the season, the most by a Dodgers player in seven years.

The Dodgers hadn't had a 60-steal season since Juan Pierre stole 64 bases in 2007. The last person in the majors to steal 60 in one year was Michael Bourn, who stole 61 bases in 2011 for the Astros and Braves.

Gordon leads the majors with those 60 steals, five more than Billy Hamilton of the Reds. No Dodger has led the National League in steals since Davey Lopes swiped 63 bases in 1976.

It was Gordon's second steal in eight September games.

The only LA Dodgers seasons with more stolen bases than Pierre, Lopes and Gordon were Lopes, with 77 steals in 1975, and Maury Wills with 104 steals in 1962 and 94 steals in 1965.

Stealing 60 bases in a season probably shouldn't have been a surprise, as Gordon stole 61 bases in his first 162 major league games, from 2011-2013. But that he has come back from a pair of down years offensively to have a full season is the big story of 2014 for Gordon.

In the live-ball era (1920-present) there have been 97 individual seasons of 60 or more steals in 95 years, though the vast majority of those came in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

60-steal seasons by decade
Decade 60-SB seasons
1920s 1
1930s 1
1940s 1
1950s 0
1960s 8
1970s 18
1980s 36
1990s 17
2000s 12
2010s 3