Thursday, November 30, 2017

From the Handbook: Stolen base attempt times

The Handbook lists the average time recorded by every player with at least six attempts to steal second base. The fastest is Mallex Smith of Tampa Bay, 3.44 seconds. Byron Buxton is fourth at 3.52 seconds, one one-hundreth of a second slower than Bradley Zimmer of Cleveland. (Billy Hamilton of Cincinnati is wedged between Smith and Zimmer.)

Three other Twins are in the chart; Jorge Polanco is 63rd on the list at 3.69 seconds, Brian Dozier is No.72 (3.71) and Eddie Rosario is 74th, one of seven listed with 3.72. (Max Kepler, who had six steal and one caught stealing, doesn't appear to be on the list.)

For me, at least, there are a few surprises on this list. One is the notion that Polanco is faster than Dozier and Rosario. 

Then there's #OldFriend Aaron Hicks, darn near the caboose on this train. His name is 104th on the list of 106, tied with two others at 3.85, a third of a second slower than Buxton and more than 0.10 behind Polanco, Dozier and Rosario.

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