Reyes steals his way to the top

Reyes steals his way to the top

NEW YORK -- Jose Reyes established a franchise record for stolen bases in a season on Wednesday night, when he stole third base on the front end of a double steal in the fifth inning of the Mets' 7-5 loss to the Padres.

The Mets shortstop, who's led the league in steals with 64 and 60 in the two previous seasons, stole three bases to surpass the club record established in 1999 by Roger Cedeno.

Cedeno's 66th steal came in the Mets' 160th game, his 152nd game and in his 83rd attempt. Reyes' 65th, 66th and 67th came in his and the Mets' 125th game. His 67th swipe came in his 82nd attempt.

Reyes, who leads the National League in steals with 67, and Cedeno are the only players in franchise history to steal more than 58 bases in a season. The three steals put his career total at 223. Only Mookie Wilson has stolen more bases as a Met, 281.

"I'm not here to set records," Reyes said after the game. "I'm trying to put myself in position so we can score runs."

Manager Willie Randolph suggested that his leadoff man could, in some season, approach what Rickey Henderson accomplished. The Mets first-base coach stole 130 bases in 1982.

"It's not impossible," Reyes said. "But it's not going to be easy. I have [about] 120 in two years. [Henderson] had 130 in one."

Marty Noble is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.