From SABR member John Dewan at ACTA Sports on January 9, 2015:
After the playoffs, you’d be expected to think that the Royals were far and away the best baserunning team in baseball in 2014. Royals Alex Gordon and Terrance Gore were the only two players with more than two steals in the postseason, and that does not even mention the team’s most prolific basestealers from the regular season: Jarrod Dyson, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. And in the regular season, the Royals stole 153 bases, 15 more than the second place team.
The 2014 baserunning narrative probably does not conjure images of the Washington Nationals, who finished just 12th in stolen bases and had just one player with 30-plus steals (Denard Span), one player with 20-plus steals (Ian Desmond), and one player with 10-plus steals (Anthony Rendon). It may surprise you to know then that the Nationals were actually the best baserunning team in baseball last season.
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Originally published: January 9, 2015. Last Updated: January 9, 2015.