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Ichiro: So close to perfect

So, I've been trying to find a place online that will give me the stats for the highest SB% in back-to-back seasons of all time. Baseball-Reference has the info, but I don't pay for their Index, alas.

I wanted to find it, though, because Ichiro is currently sitting at 95% for this year and last combined, going 75 out of 79 attempts.  That's just....just unbelievable.

Everyone knows that stolen bases are a bit dicey, with the outs resulting from CS often off-setting the added value of stealing bases.  But Ichiro is quite simply not being caught.  It's as though an extra 70 or so of his singles over the last 2 years have been doubles, an absolutely enormous addition to his already enormous offensive impact....

I know this isn't anything you guys aren't aware of, Ichiro's received a good amount of attention for his consecutive steals record, etc etc.  But I just find it incredible that he maintains such a level of dominance.

Does anyone else have the info on the all time best?  Has anyone bested a 95% success rate on steal attempts, at least since they started keeping track of caught stealings?  I'm willing to bet that Ichiro might be the very best in this department.

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