Lindholm: Running the bases, an analysis

From SABR member Scott Lindholm at Beyond the Box Score on June 19, 2014:

Some time back I wrote a post introducing my Mistake Index, where a variety of different measures are gathered in one place to see how many mistakes teams and their opponents make. This index is in a Google Docs spreadsheet and updated daily. It’s not perfect, but it combines a number of measures for easy reference and comparison.

There are three broad categories of  mistakes — pitching, fielding and baserunning. Baserunning mistakes have their own name, the TOOTBLAN, which stands for Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Nincompoop (from noted etymological source Urban Dictionary), and a very strong argument can be made that these represent severe lapses in judgment. This isn’t always the case — sometimes a perfect throw by Yoenis Cespedes will get a runner out, but often they’re mistakes, and possibly the most correctable in baseball.

I add getting caught stealing and picked off to TOOTBLANs as baserunning blunders. These measures can be found in this section of and is very illuminating when viewed in the whole. These are the leaders in base running mistakes through Monday, June 16th.

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Originally published: June 19, 2014. Last Updated: June 19, 2014.