Originally Posted by klw
Are the stolen bases really more valuable today? They would be in a fantasy league but in reality it wouldn't seem to actually create any more runs than it would have in 1978.
I meant that simply in that a guy who steals 100 bases per year would be more scarce and therefore more valuable in that aspect in today's landscape where 50 steals puts you near or atop the leaderboard. Steals are still a valuable asset for a player's offensive repertoire, and appear to be increasing in value.