There’s the obvious time issues at 3B, you have to field the ball relatively cleanly in order to make the throw in time. And if you’re a faster runner this makes the window close even faster for a 3B or SS. Though there could be lots more.

]]>If so, then the distribution ground balls will affect the overall G.B. BABIP.

Willie Keeler figured this out at the turn of the prior century.

]]>“Speed score (Spd) is a statistic developed by Bill James that rates a player on speed and baserunning ability. Different locations include slightly different components, but the FanGraphs version consists of, “…Stolen Base Percentage, Frequency of Stolen Base Attempts, Percentage of Triples, and Runs Scored Percentage.”

]]>I agree with the comment above about breaking out each individual component of speed score…..try a model with all 5-6 components of speed score, and see if any of the coefficients are not significant (likely).

BTW, which version of speed score is being used here?

]]>Not only that but let’s say stats show that speed doesn’t increase your average. That may be true, however let’s say it stresses the defense out and they aren’t as mentally stable. They make more errors (would BABIP be accounted for here?), maybe the next batter gets a better pitch selection, maybe the defense is more edgy, lots of intangibles that you can’t really measure.

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