Dewan: Who are the top baserunners in baseball?
From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on May 23, 2013:
Carlos Beltran is in his 16th major league season overall. Over his career, he has been a major force on the diamond, compiling 67 Wins Above Replacement according to Baseball-Reference, the 131st-best such figure of all time. He has excelled in every facet of the game including hitting for average, hitting for power, defense and baserunning.
There is one area, however, where his excellence has become average, baserunning. Through 2008 he was one of the best baserunners in the game. However, a series of injuries beginning in 2009 have robbed him of his speed. Using the Bill James’ Baserunning Net Gain metric, the drop-off is dramatic.
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