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Wilmington aiming at stolen base record

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The Blue Rocks are on a pace for 282 thefts in 144 games. That can challenge the Carolina League record of 293, set by the Durham Bulls in 1980. In fact, in the last 16 years across the Minors, only the 1998 Capital City Bombers, with 295, have more steals than Wilmington is on pace to record. Both those feats came before the widespread popularity of sabermetrics, which has called into question the efficacy of the stolen base. But the Blue Rocks are contradicting that trend. Despite hitting a league-worst .251 with a meager 39 home runs -- 75 fewer than first-place Myrtle Beach and just five more than both Dallas McPherson and Nelson Cruz of the Pacific Coast League -- the Blue Rocks have spent the entire season lingering around the .500 mark. Blue Rocks Steals Leaders: Derrick Robinson 48/59 Jarrod Dyson 33/42 Joe Dickerson 24/38 Chris McConnell 21/35 Kurt Mertins 21/25 They're stealing as a team with 71.4% success.