The Rarest Feats In Major League Baseball
Stealing base is one of the critical aspects of small-ball baseball strategy. Instead of swinging for the fences, small ball teams try to advance runners to scrape an advantage base by base and run by run. Carrying off a successful steal in the big leagues requires superb agility, timing, and sprinting power. To take it up a notch, there have been baserunners who have managed to steal second, third, and home in one inning — 55, in fact. That’s pretty rare, but to push the bar even higher, there are even rarer players who have stolen second, third, and home in one plate appearance. According to MLB , only two players have achieved this feat in recent decades: Rod Carew (1969) and Elly De La Cruz (2023). De La Cruz has rocked the big leagues as a rookie with the Reds. In a game against the Brewers on July 8, 2023, De La Cruz hit a single to drive in a run. With the next batter up, De La Cruz easily stole second on a 1-0 pitch and then snatched third on a 1-2 pitch without a throw. Then, the Brewers pitcher, Elvis Peguero, was preparing for the next set and seemed to forget about De La Cruz. Big mistake. Before he could get ready to pitch the phenom rocket slid into home for the steal. It was a truly exciting, and very historic, baseball feat.