When it comes to stealing bases, obviously, speed kills. The players who have the fastest average stolen base attempt times usually have the greatest amount of stolen bases. As you can see in the chart below, there is a negative relationship between average speed and total bases stolen. That means that as speed increases, or the slower the runner, the amount of stolen bases decreases. However, how does pure attempt speed impact the success of the base stealer? Clearly, faster players are going to attempt to steal more bases. However, if they are more frequently thrown out than slower, more strategic base stealers, then the value of their speed is much less. The mission here is to determine the value a player or prospect could find by increasing his stolen base attempt speed.
Part 2, Part 3, & Conclusion
Part 2: Examining the relationship between all of the collegiate teams’ run production and their frequency of sacrifice bunting. The teams have been organized by conference.
Here is a link to the data for the College Data By Conference.
Intro and Part 1
This study was inspired by the combination of one spring day during high school baseball where I was asked to sacrifice bunt four times in one game and the ignorable increasing trend of sacrifice bunting in college. I was successful in advancing the runner each time I bunted that day, however, I do not remember if that led to successful run scoring innings. There is a 29.31% increase in sacrifice bunting this season compared to 2010. College programs are sacrificing more today than ever. As much as Bill James disagrees, college teams must believe that sacrificing an out to advance the runner, via a sacrifice bunt, can lead to more runs and can makeup for the loss of offense since the change in the metal bats.
In this study, we will see if there is a relationship between more sacrifice bunts and a more productive offense. We will examine this relationship by using data provided by the NCAA. We will use every collegiate baseball conference’s total runs compared to total sacrifice bunts to encompass every team. Additionally, we will examine the production versus sacrificing for the top 120 offenses in college baseball.
College baseball teams believe that if they advance runners on the bases by sacrificing an out with a bunt then they will score more runs.
For 150 years, American sports franchises have spent billions solely in effort to win a championship. Although, some may see the economic return, and social stature as motivation enough to own and spend money on a sports franchise, the majority of owners and front office decision makers yearn for championships above anything. Teams have won by spending much money, and by spending little money. Among several expenditures of materialistic value, owners can spend money to improve their teams on free agents, better coaching, smarter management, and new facilities.
However, are new facilities, or a new stadium, or a $500 million overhaul providing any winning value to the franchise?
According to Tom Ricketts, owner of the Chicago Cubs, his personal $500 million renovation project for Wrigley Field, will not only advance the ballpark out of the Stone Age, but also create an environment more conducive to short term winning. With over 100 years of futility, Ricketts pleads for support for the project, and support for the franchise.
The big question here is will it work? Will improving the clubhouses and the fan experience draw better players to play for the Cubs eventually leading to the elusive prize? In order to simplify those questions, The Cleat Sheet is going to examine the relationship between a franchise and its stadium. Or rather, attempt to answer this question: Does a new stadium improve the success of a team? Continue reading $500,000,000 for a New Stadium. Is It Worth It?