Charting the Top Run Opportunity Creators

From SABR member Bill Petti at Beyond the Box Score on September 6, 2011:

The debate about RBI’s as a useful metric for evaluating individual players is getting a bit tiresome. It has gotten to the point where those who are willing to see that RBI’s tells you as much about a hitter’s teammates as the hitter themselves have come around, and the rest are simply not going to grasp the nuance.

In light of this fact, I thought it might be fun to look at who those players are that create the most RBI opportunities for their teammates. The graphic above presents for your amusement the top 20 Run Opportunity Creators (ROC) since 2008.

ROC is simple. It looks at the number of times a player puts themselves in scoring position per plate appearance. The graphic shows two lists; one where stolen bases are included, and one where it is omitted.

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Originally published: September 7, 2011. Last Updated: September 7, 2011.