Bain: Taking the extra base—the players

From SABR member Derek Bain at on March 16, 2016:

Stimulated by the Texas Rangers chapter in the “Bill James Baseball Abstract 1984” entitled “Running The Bases” (pages 156-159), the following study reveals the top base runners in the past 85 seasons (1930-2015) with respect to taking the extra base on a clean single.* I will post a companion article in the near future to review my findings with respect to team baserunning outcomes. Here is a link to the data in OpenDocument Spreadsheet format, sorted by year, team and Pct1st3rd.

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Originally published: March 18, 2016. Last Updated: March 18, 2016.