MIAMI, FL - JULY 29: Everth Cabrera #2 of the San Diego Padres smiles during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The Miami Marlins defeated the San Diego Padres 5-4. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
Before the Padres' 4-2 win over Pittsburgh on Wednesday, there was a great deal of chatter about Everth Cabrera approaching Chase Utley's MLB record of being a perfect 23 for 23 in stolen bases over a season. However, the operative words there are "over a season". While Cabrera did go on to steal two bases to bring him to a total of 24 on the season, the season is still in progress and thus he could still be caught before it ends.
"But," you are asking, "just having a stolen base streak that long has to be some sort of record, right? Or at least the longest to start a season?" Sorry, but nope on both. The longest string of steals was assembled by Vince Coleman when he was with the Cardinals, from September 16, 1988 through June 26, 1989. He stole a total of 50 in a row and 34 to begin the 1989 season.
Also, I realize a lot or even most of you already knew this. However, I noticed there was some confusion about it from some people so this is for them.