Athletics

Perfect no more: Marte's stolen base streak ends vs. Royals

Athletics

Perfect no more. 

Athletics center fielder Starling Marte was thrown out on a steal attempt at third base on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, which ended his perfect streak with the team at 23 consecutive stolen bases (tied for fourth overall in the AL).

In the top of the first inning against the Kansas City Royals, Marte attempted to swipe third base, but seven-time All-Star catcher Salvador Perez caught him. 

Marte appeared shaken up a bit which resulted in a visit from A's head trainer Nick Paparesta. 

A’s manager Bob Melvin recently said he gave Marte the green light to steal any time he’s on base, which no longer is a challenge for Marte, it’s a mission. 

Marte's 45 total stolen bases in 2021 lead MLB, and this won’t make him bow down by any means. He also will become the first player in MLB history to finish in the top 10 in stolen bases in both the AL and NL in the same season. He had 22 stolen bases with the Miami Marlins prior to being traded to Oakland (fourth most in the NL). 

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Marte was acquired during the MLB trade deadline in exchange for pitcher Jesús Luzardo and immediately made an impact. In addition to his speed and base-stealing abilities, he’s hitting .345/.383/.500 with 20 RBI and four home runs since joining the Green and Gold. 

Guess he is human after all.