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Uncommon Thievery: Ellsbury already an elite base stealer

Updated: May 21, 2008, 12:26 PM ET
By Brian McKitish | Special to ESPN.com

Prior to Sunday, Jacoby Ellsbury was a perfect 25-for-25 in stolen-base attempts in just 72 career major league games. The 24-year-old was halfway to Vince Coleman's record 50 straight swipes before he was gunned down by the battery of Carlos Villanueva and Jason Kendall on a pitchout. Ellsbury shouldn't feel too bad, though, as a career 96.4 success percentage rate isn't anything to scoff at.

Success on the bases is nothing new for Ellsbury; after all, he did steal 105 bags with ...

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