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Base Running Stats from Bill James

More interesting stats from the Bill James Handbook concerning baserunning at the Major League level.


Elvis Andrus: Best Baserunner of 2010

  • An average baserunner can go first to third on a single 28% of the time.
  • An average baserunner can score from second on a single 58% of the time.
  • An average baserunning can score from first on a double 62% of the time.

First to Third

  • Elvis Andrus went from first to third on a single 20 times in 2010, the most of any MLB player.  Juan Pierre was second with 18.
  • Bryan Pena was not able to go first to third on a single any times during the 2010 season in 17 tries; worst in the Majors.
  • Prince Fielder was 3 for 64 in going first to third, the worst percentage in MLB.

Scoring from Second

  • Alex Rios scored from second on a single 24 times, the most of any MLB player.
  • Chone Figgins scored from second on a single 15 out of 16 times.
  • Ivan Rodriguez scored from second on a single only 1 time out of 12 chances, worst in the Majors.

Scoring from First on a Double

  • Carl Crawford and Jose Bautista both scored from first on a double 11 times.  Bautista had the better percentage at 11 for 16.
  • Lumbering Jim Thome was on first when a double was hit and did not score in 8 chances.

Miscellaneous Baserunning Stats:

  • A “base taken” is when a player moves up a base on a passed ball, wild pitch, balk, sacrifice fly, or defensive indifference.  Derek Jeter led all MLB players with 38.
  • Vladimir Guerrero was thrown out advancing 10 times, most in the Majors.

Grounding into Double Plays:

  • An average player grounds into a double play 11% of the time when there is a runner on first and less than 2 outs.
  • Billy Butler led the Majors in GIDP with 32.
  • Carl Crawford was the hardest player to GIDP with only 2 in 132 situations.
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