Dewan: Stolen base times, revisited

From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on November 9, 2015:

Two weeks ago, we posted a Stat of the Week highlighting the new Stolen Base Times section of The Bill James Handbook 2016 that is based on data collected at Baseball Info Solutions (BIS). That post featured the average stolen base times of players on the Royals and Mets who had at least six timed stolen base attempts of second base during the 2015 season. A few questions related to this data were raised on Twitter by a couple people, including the Managing Editor of Baseball America, J.J. Cooper. One of J.J.’s questions in particular mentioned the following:

Scouts have always told me 3.1 is fast. Billy Hamilton is 3.0. Avg. is 3.4 seconds. Jarrod Dyson at 3.5 doesn’t add up.

We thought it appropriate to address this question so as to help clarify things for everyone.

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Originally published: November 9, 2015. Last Updated: November 9, 2015.