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Taking the Extra Base:  The Teams

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The following entry complements my preceding article, “Taking the Extra Base: The Players”. I will review my findings with respect to team baserunning outcomes.

Inspired by the Texas Rangers chapter in the “Bill James Baseball Abstract 1984” entitled “Running The Bases” (pages 156-159), the following study uncovers the top base running teams in the past 85 seasons (1930-2015) with respect to taking the extra base on a clean single.* Here is a link to the data in OpenDocument Spreadsheet format, sorted by year, team and Pct1st3rd. You can scroll to the right (columns AG-AS) to view the associated charts:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tVuJPwUNDAjsU29eYWISISRXu5X0IRoNt4OejRPaGl8/pub?output=ods

Advancing from First to Third Base on a Single *

Methodology

I downloaded the 1930 through 2015 season-by-season event databases from Retrosheet.  I utilized the following criteria to sort and filter the data:

All events coded as singles with a runner on first base at the start of the play denoted as Single_Baserunner_Opportunities, abbreviated as “Opps” –

  • where the runner on first base advanced to second base and no errors occurred on the play (denoted as “Single_1stTo2nd”)
  • where the runner on first base advanced to third base and no errors occurred on the play (denoted as “Single_1stTo3rd”)
  • where the runner on first scored on the play and no errors occurred (denoted as “Single_Scored_From_1st”)
  • where the runner on first was put out on the play and no errors occurred (denoted as “BaserunningOuts”)

This yielded the following results:

572,679 Single_Baserunner_Opps

170,123 Single_1stTo3rd

389,902 Single_1stTo2nd

1,678 Single_Scored_From_1st

10,976 BaserunningOuts

I focused on the “Single_1stTo3rd” plays, since any ballplayer can advance from first to second base on a clean single. Conversely, scoring a runner from first base on a single is such an exciting yet rare event that it only occurs roughly 20 times per season. A baserunner’s dash from first to third base requires speed, skill, agility, daring and intellect. In a few brief moments the runner decides whether to fully commit to taking the extra base, while processing the distance of the hit, how far the outfielder must travel to retrieve the ball, the strength and accuracy of the outfielder’s throwing arm. The baserunner also needs to make an honest assessment of their skills and determine if the gamble is likely to pay off.

The “First-to-Third Percentage” is calculated by taking the number of successful events where the baserunner advanced from first base to third base on a clean single with no errors on a play divided by the number of opportunities. Therefore any “failed” events are essentially noting when the runner exercised caution and remained at second base, with a handful of “put out attempting to advance” events to round out the totals.

“Event files for most seasons prior to 1974 are each missing a few games. For a list of the games that are missing (although some of them are in the event files with some innings reconstructed based on a partial game account and box score) see the Most Wanted List… Note that some games in our files have “99” for missing plays that were outs.” Retrosheet Event Files 

Terminology

1B_BR_Opps # occurrences when the runner on first base attempted to advance on a clean single (no errors on the play) 

1st-Home – runner on first base scored on a clean single 

1st-3rd runner on first base advanced safely to third base on a clean single 

1st-2nd – runner on first base advanced safely to second base on a clean single 

BR_Outs runner on first base is put out attempting to advance on a clean single 

Pct1st3rd – # of successful advances from first to third base (1st-3rd) divided by the # of opportunities (1B_BR_Opps)

Aggressive Angels

The Angels have the highest success rate of the 30 MLB franchises with respect to advancing base runners from first base to third base on a clean single, according to the Retrosheet event data available for the past 85 seasons. The organization has consistently stressed aggressiveness on the base paths. Based on the totals for each decade, the Halos are always in the top third of all MLB teams, placing first in “Pct1st3rd” during the 1990’s and the 2010’s (so far) along with a runner-up finish in the 2000’s and a fourth-place mark in the 1970’s.

I came across several quotes from Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia concerning “little ball” and aggressive baserunning strategy:

October 18, 2002 (prior to the start of the World Series) – “The most important part of little ball is the way you run the bases. I think our base running was outstanding in the first two series. We were aggressive going first to third when we had to, stealing bases when we had to. We got great secondary leads, we scored on every base hit we had to.”

“I think that type of little ball is the way to manufacture runs. That was alive and well in the two series that we had. When you combine that with the home runs, you can see why we had a productive offense.”

“Little ball is not always the sac bunts, although we had our share of those. It’s not always the hit and run, although we had those. It’s not always the stolen bases. It’s the aggressive base running, taking your secondary leads and being prepared and, more important, situational hitting. We were great with guys in scoring position. They’re all important contributors to what we call little ball.” (Millson)

April 2004 – “We go from first to third well, we’re a good situational hitting team; that has to be a part of our game. We’re not going to sit back and let what happens in the batter’s box be our total offense.” (DiGiovanna, 2004)

1930-2015 Baserunning Team Totals (Overall Rankings), First to Third Percentage*

Rank Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
1 Angels 17231 62 5667 11148 354 0.329
2 Yankees 27646 73 8943 18123 507 0.323
3 Cardinals 25217 64 7889 16716 548 0.313
4 Indians 26405 86 8218 17552 549 0.311
5 Giants 24961 73 7751 16630 507 0.311
6 Senators II/Rangers 17147 45 5308 11528 266 0.310
7 Senators I/Twins 25391 79 7842 16943 527 0.309
8 Rockies 7042 22 2164 4739 117 0.307
9 Cubs 24120 61 7393 16155 511 0.307
10 Dodgers 26852 114 8210 17922 606 0.306
11 White Sox 25035 95 7608 16849 483 0.304
12 Royals 14887 50 4510 10069 258 0.303
13 Tigers 24817 93 7475 16747 502 0.301
14 Mets 15932 38 4790 10774 330 0.301
15 Reds 25844 58 7688 17529 569 0.297
16 Red Sox 26138 83 7677 17900 478 0.294
17 Browns/Orioles 23922 63 6947 16496 416 0.290
18 Pilots/Brewers 13956 43 4024 9646 243 0.288
19 Pirates 24087 85 6895 16609 498 0.286
20 Athletics 25192 100 7188 17454 450 0.285
21 Blue Jays 11377 23 3224 7963 167 0.283
22 Padres 13646 15 3826 9573 232 0.280
23 Phillies 24057 63 6712 16814 468 0.279
24 Astros 15808 39 4376 11105 288 0.277
25 Braves 24157 58 6666 16987 446 0.276
26 Expos/Nationals 13003 35 3538 9188 242 0.272
27 (Devil) Rays 5285 11 1424 3769 81 0.269
28 Diamondbacks 5219 9 1393 3755 62 0.267
29 Mariners 11676 21 3111 8362 182 0.266
30 Marlins 6629 17 1666 4857 89 0.251

Cleveland baserunners compiled a .401 Pct1st3rd in the 1930’s, the second highest ratio on the decade leader boards (San Francisco Giants, 1960’s tops the list at .402). Infielders Roy Hughes (.553), Ed Montague (.525) and Johnny Burnett (.507) imposed the Tribe’s assertive style on the base paths. Rollie Hemsley (.491), Milt Galatzer (.477), Willie Kamm (.475) and Odell Hale (.461) buoyed the Indians’ efforts.

The St. Louis Cardinals took the extra base at a .391 clip during the Thirties. “The Wild Horse of the Osage”, Pepper Martin, placed eighth on the All-Time Pct1st3rd charts with a .530 mark. Chick Hafey registered a .523 percentage in two seasons as a Redbird and finished sixth All-Time (.535). Joe “Ducky” Medwick accomplished the trick on exactly half of his opportunities (92 for 184) as a member of the “Gashouse Gang”.

Lyn Lary (58.0%), Joe Sewell (53.8%), Sammy Byrd (51.0%), Jake Powell (50.9%) and Babe Ruth (50.3%) boosted the Bronx Bombers into a third-place tie with the Cubbies at .380.  The Chicago crew was led by Kiki Cuyler (53.6%, 11th place All-Time at .510) and Augie Galan (50.7%).

The Philadelphia Athletics compiled the lowest conversion rate in the 1930’s as their baserunners advanced from first to third on 30.6% of singles. The A’s suffered nine consecutive seasons in last or next-to-last place (1935-1943) and the opposition outscored them by 100+ runs in each of those campaigns. The primary offenders on the base paths consisted of RF Ed Coleman (.156), 1B Dick Siebert (.193), C Frankie Hayes (.209) and 3B Pinky Higgins (.244). Siebert combined with 3B Dario Lodigiani to advance to third base on only 2 of 43 base knocks.

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_1930s

1930’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
CLE_1938 294 0 140 148 6 0.476
NYA_1933 297 0 139 147 11 0.468
CIN_1935 308 1 144 152 11 0.468
NYA_1930 296 4 137 148 7 0.463
PIT_1930 331 0 151 171 9 0.456
CIN_1937 310 2 141 160 7 0.455
NYA_1932 300 0 136 158 6 0.453
CLE_1932 349 1 156 186 6 0.447
DET_1932 164 1 73 87 3 0.445
NYA_1936 320 2 141 169 8 0.441
SLA_1930 182 1 80 97 4 0.440
SLN_1931 264 0 116 140 8 0.439
SLA_1932 264 0 116 141 7 0.439
CLE_1936 360 1 158 188 13 0.439
CIN_1936 342 1 150 189 2 0.439
BSN_1930 238 1 104 129 4 0.437
NYA_1931 316 2 138 168 8 0.437
BOS_1934 193 1 84 103 5 0.435
CHN_1935 269 1 117 147 4 0.435
SLN_1937 260 3 113 134 10 0.435
SLA_1935 166 0 71 90 5 0.428
WS1_1930 234 1 100 129 4 0.427
BOS_1932 198 0 84 112 2 0.424
CLE_1934 301 3 127 165 6 0.422
DET_1933 223 0 94 124 5 0.422
DET_1934 222 0 93 124 5 0.419
NYA_1935 266 1 111 147 7 0.417
SLN_1933 262 1 109 143 9 0.416
CHN_1934 246 1 102 137 6 0.415
PIT_1934 242 0 100 136 6 0.413
CHA_1933 301 1 123 175 2 0.409
CHN_1938 284 0 115 159 10 0.405
CLE_1933 331 3 134 178 16 0.405
CHN_1936 204 0 82 120 2 0.402
BSN_1936 326 0 131 191 4 0.402
CHN_1932 252 0 101 145 6 0.401
CHN_1937 321 1 128 182 10 0.399
SLN_1935 192 0 76 111 5 0.396
PHI_1932 261 3 103 148 7 0.395
NY1_1931 327 1 129 188 9 0.394
DET_1930 170 1 67 102 0 0.394
CHA_1935 259 0 102 151 6 0.394
SLN_1934 234 1 92 134 7 0.393
SLN_1930 232 1 91 135 5 0.392
SLA_1934 204 1 80 117 6 0.392
BSN_1932 197 1 76 115 5 0.386
CLE_1931 397 3 153 237 4 0.385
CLE_1935 309 0 119 186 4 0.385
WS1_1936 200 1 77 115 7 0.385
CLE_1930 390 0 150 233 7 0.385
BOS_1933 221 1 85 126 9 0.385
SLA_1931 253 3 97 147 6 0.383
SLN_1936 128 3 49 74 2 0.383
SLA_1933 225 0 86 135 4 0.382
CHA_1932 270 1 103 155 11 0.381
WS1_1933 253 2 96 151 4 0.379
CHN_1933 277 0 105 167 5 0.379
WS1_1935 214 0 81 128 5 0.379
PHA_1931 365 6 137 217 5 0.375
SLN_1938 180 0 67 109 4 0.372
NY1_1930 404 2 150 245 7 0.371
CHA_1930 286 1 106 170 9 0.371
PHA_1932 386 2 143 234 7 0.370
CHA_1939 228 0 84 136 8 0.368
NYA_1934 277 2 102 161 12 0.368
BOS_1935 226 1 83 136 6 0.367
CHA_1938 188 0 69 112 7 0.367
NY1_1934 273 0 100 170 3 0.366
DET_1935 190 0 69 116 5 0.363
WS1_1932 204 2 74 125 3 0.363
BRO_1933 309 0 112 192 5 0.362
CLE_1937 309 2 112 186 9 0.362
BOS_1930 227 3 82 135 7 0.361
CIN_1934 350 0 126 218 6 0.360
NY1_1932 257 2 92 161 2 0.358
CHN_1939 182 2 65 109 6 0.357
PHI_1933 286 0 102 177 7 0.357
PHA_1933 368 4 131 227 6 0.356
PHI_1934 212 2 75 132 3 0.354
SLA_1936 168 1 59 104 4 0.351
CHA_1936 339 0 118 211 10 0.348
BRO_1939 227 0 79 141 7 0.348
NYA_1938 322 0 112 200 10 0.348
SLN_1939 190 0 66 120 4 0.347
NY1_1937 291 0 101 185 5 0.347
PHI_1930 281 0 97 180 4 0.345
BSN_1939 244 1 84 152 7 0.344
CIN_1930 247 1 85 152 9 0.344
NY1_1936 163 0 56 103 4 0.344
NY1_1933 301 1 103 195 2 0.342
WS1_1934 209 0 71 133 5 0.340
BSN_1937 227 2 77 145 3 0.339
PHA_1930 346 0 117 225 4 0.338
PHI_1931 278 2 94 172 10 0.338
PHI_1935 151 1 51 95 4 0.338
BOS_1936 282 2 95 181 4 0.337
DET_1931 226 1 76 141 8 0.336
BOS_1931 229 3 77 146 3 0.336
BRO_1931 323 1 108 203 11 0.334
CIN_1938 375 3 125 234 13 0.333
CHN_1930 349 5 116 220 8 0.332
CIN_1931 342 1 113 221 7 0.330
PIT_1932 214 1 70 141 2 0.327
CIN_1933 309 0 101 199 9 0.327
PHI_1938 196 1 64 124 7 0.327
DET_1936 230 0 75 151 4 0.326
BRO_1937 265 1 86 174 4 0.325
CIN_1939 370 1 120 243 6 0.324
PHI_1937 245 0 79 161 5 0.322
PIT_1935 230 1 74 152 3 0.322
BSN_1934 243 1 78 160 4 0.321
BRO_1935 369 2 118 235 14 0.320
SLN_1932 266 3 85 168 10 0.320
BRO_1930 398 4 127 256 11 0.319
BOS_1939 198 0 63 134 1 0.318
PIT_1931 304 0 96 200 8 0.316
SLA_1939 165 0 52 107 6 0.315
BSN_1933 200 2 63 129 6 0.315
BSN_1935 175 0 55 113 7 0.314
CHA_1931 300 2 94 201 3 0.313
SLA_1938 195 0 61 127 7 0.313
WS1_1931 276 1 86 179 10 0.312
BRO_1936 251 2 78 166 5 0.311
BSN_1931 236 0 73 155 8 0.309
NY1_1939 218 1 67 146 4 0.307
CHA_1937 294 2 90 195 7 0.306
PIT_1937 377 2 115 251 9 0.305
PHI_1936 174 0 53 118 3 0.305
SLA_1937 277 0 84 189 4 0.303
BRO_1938 231 0 70 157 4 0.303
NY1_1935 295 1 89 199 6 0.302
BRO_1934 358 3 108 235 12 0.302
CHN_1931 323 3 97 215 8 0.300
NY1_1938 214 0 64 145 5 0.299
PIT_1933 342 1 101 234 6 0.295
PHA_1935 347 0 102 234 11 0.294
BSN_1938 207 0 60 140 7 0.290
PHA_1936 268 4 77 181 6 0.287
DET_1937 241 2 68 157 14 0.282
CHA_1934 271 1 76 189 5 0.280
PIT_1939 207 0 58 146 3 0.280
PHA_1937 291 0 81 204 6 0.278
CIN_1932 313 0 85 219 9 0.272
BOS_1938 229 0 62 165 2 0.271
PHA_1934 352 0 95 251 6 0.270
PIT_1938 221 1 59 159 2 0.267
PHI_1939 199 2 53 140 4 0.266
BOS_1937 275 3 73 195 4 0.265
NYA_1937 339 1 86 242 10 0.254
WS1_1939 169 1 42 119 7 0.249
WS1_1937 286 1 71 206 8 0.248
WS1_1938 172 1 42 126 3 0.244
BRO_1932 295 3 71 215 6 0.241
DET_1938 166 4 39 119 4 0.235
PIT_1936 171 0 40 126 5 0.234
PHA_1938 252 1 58 185 8 0.230
NYA_1939 377 3 81 284 9 0.215
CLE_1939 152 0 32 115 5 0.211
PHA_1939 291 0 58 225 8 0.199
DET_1939 173 1 33 135 4 0.191

1930’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Indians 3192 13 1281 1822 76 0.401
Cardinals 2208 12 864 1268 64 0.391
Yankees 3110 15 1183 1824 88 0.380
Cubs 2707 13 1028 1601 65 0.380
Browns 2099 6 786 1254 53 0.374
Reds 3266 10 1190 1987 79 0.364
White Sox 2736 8 965 1695 68 0.353
Braves 2293 8 801 1429 55 0.349
Giants 2743 8 951 1737 47 0.347
Red Sox 2278 14 788 1433 43 0.346
Tigers 2005 10 687 1256 52 0.343
Phillies 2283 11 771 1447 54 0.338
Senators 2217 10 740 1411 56 0.334
Pirates 2639 6 864 1716 53 0.327
Dodgers 3026 16 957 1974 79 0.316
Athletics 3266 17 999 2183 67 0.306

The league-average Pct1st3rd dipped below 30% in 1939 and the passive mindset endured through the 1956 campaign. The nadir transpired in 1943 when baserunners advanced from first to third base on a single in 23.1% of their opportunities. Affectionately known as “Dem Bums”, the boys from Brooklyn posted the peak Pct1st3rd rate during the Forties. The ’46 Dodgers registered a .454 average as Augie Galan, Eddie Stanky, Pete Reiser and Pee Wee Reese surpassed the fifty percent mark.

Washington paced the Majors with a .319 Pct1st3rd during the 1940’s, a ratio that would have placed the club 14th out of 16 teams in the previous decade. Utilityman Sherry Robertson (.515) topped the team leader boards while teammates George “Mercury” Myatt (.471) and Gil Coan (.455) supplemented the Senators’ attack. The Yankees were the only other franchise to exceed the 30% mark over the course of the decade. The top 12 teams in the single-season Pct1st3rd charts for the Forties finished fourth or higher in the league standings.

The Athletics repeated as the worst first-to-third crew, advancing from first to third on a single only 21.9% of the time. OF Bobby Estalella converted on 9 of 60 first-third opportunities (15%). Teammates on the station-to-station train include C Buddy Rosar (.172), 3B George Kell (.180) and 2B/SS Irv Hall (.187).

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_1940s

 

1940’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

 

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
BRO_1946 357 0 162 184 11 0.454
SLA_1942 82 0 35 46 1 0.427
CLE_1941 248 2 101 141 4 0.407
WS1_1943 74 0 30 43 1 0.405
NYA_1945 272 0 107 163 2 0.393
CLE_1940 300 0 117 179 4 0.390
CLE_1942 255 0 99 147 9 0.388
WS1_1945 348 0 135 200 13 0.388
SLN_1946 328 0 125 195 8 0.381
BOS_1944 63 0 24 36 3 0.381
BRO_1949 346 4 131 206 5 0.379
PIT_1945 259 2 96 155 6 0.371
NY1_1949 292 4 107 173 8 0.366
CHA_1942 94 0 34 59 1 0.362
BRO_1947 389 0 140 239 10 0.360
CHA_1944 39 1 14 24 0 0.359
WS1_1944 42 0 15 26 1 0.357
SLA_1940 118 0 42 75 1 0.356
BOS_1945 215 0 76 134 5 0.353
CHN_1944 142 0 49 91 2 0.345
NYA_1941 343 3 117 212 11 0.341
BOS_1942 92 1 31 57 3 0.337
CIN_1941 333 1 112 210 10 0.336
CHN_1942 116 0 39 76 1 0.336
CHA_1940 152 3 51 92 6 0.336
BRO_1948 319 0 107 202 10 0.335
CIN_1942 283 1 94 174 14 0.332
NY1_1948 307 2 100 197 8 0.326
NYA_1943 177 0 57 115 5 0.322
CHA_1945 153 0 49 101 3 0.320
WS1_1947 238 0 76 156 6 0.319
NYA_1940 274 1 87 180 6 0.318
SLN_1942 105 1 33 64 7 0.314
PIT_1940 195 1 61 127 6 0.313
WS1_1942 112 0 35 75 2 0.313
NY1_1947 289 0 90 195 4 0.311
DET_1943 29 0 9 18 2 0.310
SLN_1947 320 0 99 218 3 0.309
PIT_1943 162 3 50 107 2 0.309
PIT_1944 117 0 36 79 2 0.308
CIN_1940 343 1 105 230 7 0.306
PIT_1942 145 1 44 96 4 0.303
SLN_1941 152 0 46 102 4 0.303
CHN_1945 275 1 83 188 3 0.302
CIN_1943 351 2 105 234 10 0.299
WS1_1949 319 0 95 221 3 0.298
WS1_1946 225 1 67 151 6 0.298
DET_1941 128 1 38 83 6 0.297
SLN_1940 135 1 40 92 2 0.296
BOS_1943 88 1 26 60 1 0.295
PHI_1941 95 0 28 65 2 0.295
CIN_1947 330 0 97 226 7 0.294
BSN_1945 259 0 76 176 7 0.293
BSN_1947 307 0 90 209 8 0.293
CHN_1940 157 0 46 105 6 0.293
CIN_1946 284 2 83 187 12 0.292
CHA_1947 271 0 79 185 7 0.292
SLN_1945 309 4 90 210 5 0.291
WS1_1948 244 0 71 166 7 0.291
CHN_1946 273 0 79 189 5 0.289
NYA_1949 357 2 103 241 11 0.289
NY1_1944 250 0 72 172 6 0.288
NYA_1944 132 0 38 90 4 0.288
CHN_1941 101 1 29 69 2 0.287
CLE_1945 154 0 44 103 7 0.286
BOS_1948 354 0 101 246 7 0.285
BOS_1947 295 0 84 207 4 0.285
NY1_1945 377 3 107 254 13 0.284
SLN_1948 296 2 84 204 6 0.284
WS1_1940 145 1 41 102 1 0.283
NYA_1946 273 0 77 192 4 0.282
PHI_1947 270 1 76 190 3 0.281
PIT_1941 128 0 36 87 5 0.281
NYA_1947 371 1 104 259 7 0.280
BOS_1941 208 0 58 145 5 0.279
DET_1945 205 1 57 141 6 0.278
CHA_1946 255 1 70 178 6 0.275
SLA_1944 55 0 15 38 2 0.273
SLA_1948 224 2 61 152 9 0.272
DET_1940 147 2 40 99 6 0.272
CHA_1943 37 1 10 24 2 0.270
PHI_1944 222 0 60 158 4 0.270
CHA_1941 134 0 36 96 2 0.269
NY1_1946 272 0 73 187 12 0.268
PHA_1942 146 0 39 106 1 0.267
NYA_1942 278 0 74 201 3 0.266
CLE_1949 328 1 87 228 12 0.265
PIT_1949 272 1 71 194 6 0.261
NYA_1948 335 1 87 244 3 0.260
BOS_1946 274 1 71 196 6 0.259
SLA_1941 124 0 32 90 2 0.258
SLA_1945 206 1 53 147 5 0.257
CLE_1947 319 4 82 226 7 0.257
BSN_1946 292 3 75 207 7 0.257
CIN_1944 316 4 81 222 9 0.256
PIT_1946 268 1 68 190 9 0.254
CHN_1943 138 0 35 96 7 0.254
PIT_1947 301 1 76 215 9 0.252
WS1_1941 103 0 26 72 5 0.252
BSN_1943 112 0 28 79 5 0.250
CHN_1947 292 0 73 215 4 0.250
PHA_1949 300 3 75 219 3 0.250
CLE_1948 364 2 90 264 8 0.247
SLA_1947 240 2 59 176 3 0.246
CHN_1948 285 1 70 205 9 0.246
CHA_1949 277 3 68 196 10 0.245
CIN_1948 287 1 70 212 4 0.244
NY1_1942 140 0 34 104 2 0.243
CIN_1945 305 0 74 226 5 0.243
SLA_1949 216 1 52 158 5 0.241
BRO_1945 395 0 95 293 7 0.241
SLN_1949 285 1 68 210 6 0.239
CHN_1949 260 2 62 185 11 0.238
DET_1948 303 1 72 225 5 0.238
DET_1949 312 1 74 233 4 0.237
PHA_1946 245 0 58 182 5 0.237
PHA_1947 226 1 53 169 3 0.235
BSN_1949 350 1 82 260 7 0.234
DET_1947 261 0 61 194 6 0.234
NY1_1941 107 0 25 80 2 0.234
PHI_1942 134 0 31 100 3 0.231
PHI_1945 222 2 51 163 6 0.230
BSN_1948 310 1 71 234 4 0.229
CLE_1944 40 0 9 29 2 0.225
NY1_1943 130 0 29 99 2 0.223
DET_1942 90 0 20 69 1 0.222
CHA_1948 266 3 59 199 5 0.222
SLA_1946 208 1 46 157 4 0.221
SLN_1944 191 2 42 139 8 0.220
PHA_1941 201 1 44 154 2 0.219
PHI_1948 256 0 56 197 3 0.219
PHI_1949 226 0 49 173 4 0.217
NY1_1940 171 1 37 131 2 0.216
CLE_1943 71 1 15 52 3 0.211
BSN_1944 147 0 31 113 3 0.211
PHA_1948 281 3 59 212 7 0.210
BOS_1949 353 0 74 275 4 0.210
PHA_1940 238 0 49 180 9 0.206
PHA_1944 210 1 43 165 1 0.205
DET_1944 69 0 14 53 2 0.203
BRO_1944 334 3 67 253 11 0.201
BSN_1941 111 0 22 85 4 0.198
CIN_1949 328 0 65 254 9 0.198
BSN_1942 101 0 20 79 2 0.198
DET_1946 240 1 47 190 2 0.196
BOS_1940 179 0 35 141 3 0.196
BRO_1940 297 0 58 226 13 0.195
PHI_1940 166 0 32 131 3 0.193
PIT_1948 303 3 58 229 13 0.191
BSN_1940 174 1 32 139 2 0.184
PHA_1943 145 0 26 116 3 0.179
PHI_1946 253 0 44 204 5 0.174
PHA_1945 213 0 36 172 5 0.169
BRO_1942 343 1 57 278 7 0.166
PHI_1943 178 0 29 146 3 0.163
CLE_1946 216 1 35 174 6 0.162
BRO_1941 340 2 53 274 11 0.156
SLN_1943 111 1 17 85 8 0.153
BRO_1943 404 3 49 341 11 0.121
SLA_1943 43 1 5 34 3 0.116

 

1940’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

 

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Senators 1850 2 591 1212 45 0.319
Yankees 2812 8 851 1897 56 0.303
Indians 2295 11 679 1543 62 0.296
Giants 2335 10 674 1592 59 0.289
Cardinals 2232 12 644 1519 57 0.289
Reds 3160 12 886 2175 87 0.280
White Sox 1678 12 470 1154 42 0.280
Pirates 2150 13 596 1479 62 0.277
Cubs 2039 5 565 1419 50 0.277
Red Sox 2121 3 580 1497 41 0.273
Browns 1516 8 400 1073 35 0.264
Dodgers 3524 13 919 2496 96 0.261
Braves 2163 6 527 1581 49 0.244
Tigers 1784 7 432 1305 40 0.242
Phillies 2022 3 456 1527 36 0.226
Athletics 2205 9 482 1675 39 0.219

The Giants enthusiastically seized the opportunity to advance from first to third base on a single, edging the rival Dodgers for top honors on the Pct1st3rd leader boards during the 1950’s. Willie Mays, the “Say Hey Kid”, obtained an additional base on 54.8% of his chances as a member of the Giants. Al Dark recorded a 51.6% mark in 6+ seasons with New York.  “The Flying Scot” Bobby Thomson (48.8%) joined Jackie Brandt (47.5%) and Hank Thompson (42.2%) among the Giants’ bold baserunners.

Jim Gilliam (.473), Jackie Robinson (.442), Pee Wee Reese (.438) and Don Zimmer (.407) boosted the Dodgers to a runner-up finish for the decade. The 1959 “Go-Go” White Sox (43.3%) produced the second-highest single-season Pct1st3rd in the Fifties. Jim Landis, “Little” Luis Aparicio, and “Mighty Mite” Nellie Fox compiled first-third ratios above 54%.

Cincinnati assumed the mantle of the “least aggressive baserunning team” in the Fifties. The Redlegs accomplished the first-to-third feat on a mere 23.5% of their opportunities. Five-time All-Star catcher Ed Bailey had 131 chances but managed to complete the long trek to the opposite side of the diamond 14 times (10.7%) during his tenure with the Reds. Fellow backstop Smoky Burgess (.114) erred on the side of caution along with Chuck Harmon (.150), Jim Greengrass (.164), George Crowe (.171), Johnny Temple (.181) and Bob Borkowski (.184). Ted Kluszewski produced a .195 career Pct1st3rd with the Reds including 6 straight seasons below 30%.

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1950’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
NY1_1954 277 0 121 148 8 0.437
CHA_1959 291 3 126 155 7 0.433
BRO_1954 293 3 123 163 4 0.420
NY1_1951 314 2 130 172 10 0.414
SLN_1957 367 0 149 213 5 0.406
WS1_1950 365 2 147 209 7 0.403
NY1_1953 351 0 141 201 9 0.402
KC1_1958 285 0 112 172 1 0.393
NY1_1950 320 1 124 183 12 0.388
SFN_1959 315 0 122 187 6 0.387
CHA_1957 361 0 138 213 10 0.382
PIT_1959 319 1 121 187 10 0.379
DET_1957 315 0 119 189 7 0.378
DET_1958 340 0 128 205 7 0.376
BRO_1951 363 0 136 221 6 0.375
NYA_1951 332 2 124 198 8 0.373
CLE_1952 322 1 119 191 11 0.370
CLE_1954 345 1 127 211 6 0.368
SFN_1958 316 1 116 187 12 0.367
NYA_1958 358 0 131 224 3 0.366
NYA_1955 320 1 116 194 9 0.363
CLE_1959 309 1 112 193 3 0.362
CHA_1958 366 1 132 224 9 0.361
BRO_1952 344 0 124 211 9 0.360
NYA_1950 382 1 137 235 9 0.359
BRO_1953 307 1 110 188 8 0.358
NYA_1959 331 1 118 206 6 0.356
NYA_1957 336 0 119 215 2 0.354
BRO_1957 309 2 109 192 6 0.353
LAN_1959 315 5 111 191 8 0.352
SLN_1959 321 0 113 200 8 0.352
DET_1955 374 0 131 234 9 0.350
BRO_1955 297 0 104 190 3 0.350
NYA_1956 366 1 128 230 7 0.350
PHI_1957 315 0 110 194 11 0.349
MLN_1957 316 1 109 203 3 0.345
WS1_1952 334 0 115 211 8 0.344
CLE_1951 309 1 106 194 8 0.343
BOS_1958 304 1 103 194 6 0.339
BOS_1959 326 3 110 211 2 0.337
WS1_1955 329 2 111 206 10 0.337
PHI_1958 316 0 106 200 10 0.335
CHN_1959 287 0 96 183 8 0.334
PHI_1954 315 1 104 208 2 0.330
WS1_1956 301 0 99 191 11 0.329
BRO_1956 286 2 94 179 11 0.329
NYA_1954 347 3 114 226 4 0.329
CLE_1957 330 5 108 207 10 0.327
DET_1956 426 1 139 280 6 0.326
SLN_1956 374 0 122 241 11 0.326
KC1_1959 324 0 105 212 7 0.324
CHN_1952 293 1 94 187 11 0.321
CHA_1956 366 2 116 241 7 0.317
BRO_1950 316 2 99 204 11 0.313
CLE_1953 377 3 118 249 7 0.313
BAL_1956 291 0 91 192 8 0.313
SLN_1958 315 0 98 210 7 0.311
PHA_1952 300 3 93 197 7 0.310
CLE_1958 272 2 84 173 13 0.309
NYA_1952 311 2 96 207 6 0.309
PHI_1959 292 0 90 193 9 0.308
PHI_1956 293 2 90 192 9 0.307
WS1_1951 352 0 108 235 9 0.307
PHI_1955 264 1 81 178 4 0.307
MLN_1953 262 1 80 177 4 0.305
CIN_1950 302 3 92 202 5 0.305
CHN_1950 249 2 75 168 4 0.301
CIN_1959 342 1 103 229 9 0.301
PHA_1951 310 1 93 209 7 0.300
NY1_1957 290 2 87 195 6 0.300
CLE_1950 322 5 95 214 8 0.295
SLN_1952 258 0 76 169 13 0.295
MLN_1959 330 0 97 227 6 0.294
NYA_1953 361 1 106 246 8 0.294
PHI_1953 311 3 91 214 3 0.293
PIT_1958 309 1 90 210 8 0.291
WS1_1954 351 1 102 239 9 0.291
BOS_1956 382 5 111 259 7 0.291
WS1_1958 324 0 94 220 10 0.290
PIT_1956 207 3 60 136 8 0.290
CLE_1956 290 3 84 199 4 0.290
DET_1950 304 2 88 209 5 0.289
WS1_1957 302 0 87 207 8 0.288
PHI_1952 264 2 76 180 6 0.288
WS1_1953 355 0 102 248 5 0.287
BAL_1954 352 2 100 240 10 0.284
KC1_1956 330 1 93 226 10 0.282
LAN_1958 290 3 81 197 9 0.279
CHN_1958 308 2 86 211 9 0.279
MLN_1954 287 0 80 203 4 0.279
BSN_1950 288 0 80 205 3 0.278
CHA_1951 335 1 92 230 12 0.275
CIN_1957 343 0 94 240 9 0.274
DET_1951 308 0 84 218 6 0.273
PHA_1953 308 0 84 209 15 0.273
KC1_1957 242 1 66 164 11 0.273
DET_1959 345 1 94 244 6 0.272
CHN_1957 258 0 70 178 10 0.271
CLE_1955 347 2 94 240 11 0.271
CHN_1951 285 2 77 195 11 0.270
NY1_1952 285 2 77 196 10 0.270
PIT_1953 256 2 69 178 7 0.270
CHA_1950 271 2 73 192 4 0.269
CIN_1958 329 1 88 230 10 0.267
NY1_1956 199 1 53 141 4 0.266
BOS_1952 314 2 83 219 10 0.264
SLN_1953 285 1 75 198 11 0.263
PIT_1957 275 2 72 191 10 0.262
DET_1954 343 0 89 246 8 0.259
BOS_1950 374 0 97 262 15 0.259
WS1_1959 263 1 68 190 4 0.259
BAL_1955 358 1 92 255 10 0.257
MLN_1958 310 0 79 218 13 0.255
PHI_1950 320 3 81 230 6 0.253
CHA_1955 389 1 98 278 12 0.252
SLN_1950 270 1 68 194 7 0.252
BOS_1957 331 0 83 241 7 0.251
CHN_1956 196 1 49 140 6 0.250
CHN_1953 267 3 66 193 5 0.247
BAL_1957 326 3 80 237 6 0.245
BOS_1954 339 0 83 250 6 0.245
BAL_1958 280 0 68 209 3 0.243
SLN_1955 239 1 58 173 7 0.243
NY1_1955 293 1 71 208 13 0.242
DET_1953 377 2 91 275 9 0.241
MLN_1955 270 0 65 195 10 0.241
CIN_1952 312 2 75 227 8 0.240
PHI_1951 310 1 74 226 9 0.239
BAL_1959 332 1 79 248 4 0.238
SLA_1951 199 1 47 142 9 0.236
BOS_1953 325 3 76 237 9 0.234
CHA_1954 357 4 83 265 5 0.232
PHA_1950 274 1 63 203 7 0.230
BOS_1955 349 2 80 256 11 0.229
MLN_1956 251 1 57 186 7 0.227
SLA_1952 252 0 57 188 7 0.226
PIT_1955 219 0 49 167 3 0.224
KC1_1955 369 1 81 276 11 0.220
SLN_1954 333 2 73 249 9 0.219
PHA_1954 283 2 62 212 7 0.219
SLA_1950 201 0 43 155 3 0.214
PIT_1951 230 0 49 176 5 0.213
BSN_1952 254 1 54 193 6 0.213
CIN_1954 333 0 70 257 6 0.210
SLN_1951 268 0 56 205 7 0.209
DET_1952 262 2 54 200 6 0.206
CIN_1951 322 0 66 244 12 0.205
BSN_1951 345 1 70 257 17 0.203
BOS_1951 349 2 70 274 3 0.201
CIN_1956 306 0 61 235 10 0.199
CHN_1954 242 0 48 184 10 0.198
PIT_1952 208 1 40 159 8 0.192
CHA_1953 324 2 62 251 9 0.191
SLA_1953 294 1 56 232 5 0.190
CIN_1955 356 1 64 280 11 0.180
CHN_1955 215 1 38 168 8 0.177
CIN_1953 343 3 59 271 10 0.172
PIT_1954 258 0 43 202 13 0.167
PIT_1950 248 0 41 194 13 0.165
CHA_1952 351 6 50 289 6 0.142

1950’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Giants 2960 10 1042 1818 90 0.352
Dodgers 3120 18 1091 1936 75 0.350
Yankees 3444 12 1189 2181 62 0.345
Indians 3223 24 1047 2071 81 0.325
Senators 3276 6 1033 2156 81 0.315
Phillies 3000 13 903 2015 69 0.301
Tigers 3394 8 1017 2300 69 0.300
Cardinals 3030 5 888 2052 85 0.293
White Sox 3411 22 970 2338 81 0.284
Athletics 3025 10 852 2080 83 0.282
Cubs 2600 12 699 1807 82 0.269
Braves 2913 5 771 2064 73 0.265
Red Sox 3393 18 896 2403 76 0.264
Pirates 2529 10 634 1800 85 0.251
Orioles 2885 9 713 2098 65 0.247
Reds 3288 11 772 2415 90 0.235

San Francisco’s unrelenting temperament on the base paths reached its zenith during the Sixties. Perched atop the leader boards with a 40.2% ratio, the Giants placed seven squads inside the top 20 with respect to the single-season Pct1st3rd charts. Willie Mays secured the highest single-season figure with an astounding 24-for-30 performance in 1963. Jose Pagan executed the mission at a 48.3% clip while teammates Chuck Hiller (47.9%), Felipe Alou (45.7%), Jesus Alou (44.1%), Ron Hunt (43.9%), Matty Alou (42.3%), Tom Haller (42.1%), “Downtown” Ollie Brown (41.2%) and Bobby Bonds (41.0%) achieved the objective at least forty percent of the time.

The Redbirds ran rampant on the opposition, trailing only the Giants in Pct1st3rd for the decade and earning the runner-up slot on the single-season charts with a 43.9% mark in 1967. Roger Maris (tied for 25th All-Time – .480 Pct1st3rd) compiled a .511 mark in two seasons with the Cardinals. Julian Javier posted a .493 percentage in 13 seasons, all but one with St. Louis. Curt Flood (.476), Dick Groat (.463), Ken Boyer (.440) and Tim McCarver (.435) regularly scampered from first to third base on singles to the outfield.

The Yankees and the second incarnation of the Senators furnished a 37% success rate in the Sixties. Roger Maris and Bobby Richardson took the extra base fifty percent of the time as members of the Bronx Bombers. New Yorkers topping the 40% level include Phil Linz (.492), Tony Kubek (.486), Tom Tresh (.482), Roy White (.441), Mickey Mantle (.419) and Clete Boyer (.404).

Chuck Cottier (.571), Ed Stroud (.547), Chuck Hinton (.516) and Don “Blazer” Blasingame (.507) sustained the Senators II attack. Hank Allen (.469), Don “Popeye” Zimmer (.460), Dick Phillips (.450), Ken McMullen (.441), Ed Brinkman (.435) and Fred “Squeaky” Valentine (.409) fostered Washington’s baserunning enthusiasm. The 1967 Cubs produced the highest single-season Pct1st3rd in the 1960’s at .473. Glenn Beckert (57% Career Pct1st3rd – second All-Time) fashioned a 73.6% mark while double-play partner Don Kessinger advanced on 16 of 26 opportunities (.615).

The Colt .45’s / Astros exercised extreme caution on the base paths, executing the first-third maneuver 25% of the time during the Sixties. OF Carl Warwick gambled on 14.9% of his chances to take the extra base. Bob Lillis supplied a .181 Pct1st3rd counting a 1 for 26 effort in Houston’s inaugural campaign. Bob Aspromonte mimicked the team output for the decade, surpassing the 30% mark once in seven seasons.

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_1960s

1960’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
CHN_1967 311 1 147 154 9 0.473
SLN_1967 342 3 150 181 8 0.439
NYA_1962 334 1 146 183 4 0.437
SFN_1963 268 2 117 142 7 0.437
WS2_1963 255 1 110 140 4 0.431
CHA_1966 247 2 106 132 7 0.429
NYA_1966 280 0 120 155 5 0.429
CIN_1967 259 0 111 145 3 0.429
SFN_1967 331 2 141 175 13 0.426
WS2_1964 284 0 120 156 8 0.423
SFN_1966 268 1 112 147 8 0.418
WS2_1961 286 0 119 163 4 0.416
NYN_1967 326 1 135 184 6 0.414
SFN_1962 365 1 151 204 9 0.414
SFN_1968 334 1 138 185 10 0.413
SFN_1965 292 1 120 163 8 0.411
DET_1964 322 2 132 180 8 0.410
CIN_1964 320 1 131 175 13 0.409
SFN_1961 270 2 109 154 5 0.404
PHI_1966 350 1 141 205 3 0.403
NYA_1963 271 1 109 157 4 0.402
LAN_1962 341 2 137 197 5 0.402
SLN_1969 312 1 125 183 3 0.401
WS2_1969 353 2 141 203 7 0.399
LAA_1962 319 2 127 186 4 0.398
SLN_1960 287 0 114 164 9 0.397
NYA_1964 340 5 135 189 11 0.397
CIN_1969 343 0 136 201 6 0.397
NYA_1960 318 1 126 190 1 0.396
DET_1965 274 0 108 158 8 0.394
SLN_1964 368 0 145 219 4 0.394
CAL_1968 282 2 111 164 5 0.394
CHA_1967 236 2 92 133 9 0.390
CHA_1965 337 3 131 191 12 0.389
BOS_1967 301 1 117 177 6 0.389
SLN_1965 291 0 113 169 9 0.388
SFN_1960 276 3 107 163 3 0.388
CHA_1964 340 1 131 202 6 0.385
SLN_1968 291 2 112 170 7 0.385
DET_1966 286 1 110 169 6 0.385
CAL_1967 299 0 115 178 6 0.385
LAN_1964 295 2 113 164 16 0.383
SLN_1963 353 1 135 210 7 0.382
NYN_1968 296 1 113 173 9 0.382
BOS_1969 286 1 109 171 5 0.381
BAL_1962 306 1 116 182 7 0.379
LAN_1965 285 2 108 167 8 0.379
CIN_1963 264 2 100 156 6 0.379
CHN_1968 304 0 115 180 9 0.378
NYN_1963 262 0 99 153 10 0.378
NYN_1969 331 1 125 197 8 0.378
LAN_1966 302 5 114 178 5 0.377
NYA_1961 329 0 124 201 4 0.377
NYA_1968 239 2 90 144 3 0.377
WS2_1965 271 2 101 160 8 0.373
PHI_1967 293 0 109 176 8 0.372
LAN_1963 318 1 118 190 9 0.371
CIN_1968 352 1 130 210 11 0.369
LAA_1961 298 0 110 181 7 0.369
SLN_1962 377 3 139 226 9 0.369
SFN_1969 326 3 120 197 6 0.368
MON_1969 291 0 107 179 5 0.368
MIN_1961 294 0 108 182 4 0.367
MIN_1962 315 1 115 194 5 0.365
SLN_1966 280 2 102 165 11 0.364
CIN_1966 294 0 107 183 4 0.364
KC1_1962 330 2 120 205 3 0.364
KC1_1967 253 0 92 156 5 0.364
PIT_1966 292 0 106 179 7 0.363
CHN_1965 302 0 109 180 13 0.361
BOS_1968 280 1 101 175 3 0.361
LAN_1969 344 0 124 212 8 0.360
LAN_1961 283 0 102 172 9 0.360
KC1_1961 328 1 118 204 5 0.360
LAN_1960 267 3 96 161 7 0.360
NYA_1965 273 0 98 173 2 0.359
PHI_1968 287 1 103 178 5 0.359
CHA_1962 335 1 120 210 4 0.358
SLN_1961 324 0 116 198 10 0.358
DET_1963 352 4 126 215 7 0.358
CHN_1964 313 0 112 195 6 0.358
BAL_1969 351 3 125 215 8 0.356
PHI_1965 297 2 105 181 9 0.354
PHI_1962 355 0 125 222 8 0.352
BAL_1964 290 1 102 181 6 0.352
MIN_1965 305 5 107 188 5 0.351
MLN_1965 263 0 92 167 4 0.350
HOU_1969 309 2 108 195 4 0.350
DET_1961 359 5 125 225 4 0.348
BAL_1968 262 1 91 165 5 0.347
CHA_1969 343 1 119 216 7 0.347
SFN_1964 323 1 112 200 10 0.347
PHI_1963 283 0 98 178 7 0.346
DET_1962 286 0 99 179 8 0.346
DET_1968 278 2 96 173 7 0.345
CAL_1969 310 1 107 191 11 0.345
CHN_1963 261 0 90 167 4 0.345
PIT_1967 375 0 129 236 10 0.344
CLE_1961 346 0 119 221 6 0.344
LAN_1967 265 0 91 168 6 0.343
WS2_1967 292 0 100 187 5 0.342
DET_1969 295 4 101 185 5 0.342
OAK_1968 263 3 90 165 5 0.342
MIN_1963 304 2 104 192 6 0.342
LAA_1963 319 2 109 195 13 0.342
NYN_1962 287 1 98 185 3 0.341
NYA_1969 246 0 84 155 7 0.341
CAL_1966 258 3 88 162 5 0.341
BAL_1966 288 0 98 183 7 0.340
BOS_1960 327 1 111 207 8 0.339
BAL_1967 293 2 99 184 8 0.338
BAL_1963 296 0 100 193 3 0.338
CLE_1962 299 0 101 188 10 0.338
DET_1960 279 0 94 177 8 0.337
ATL_1966 306 2 103 191 10 0.337
WS2_1962 318 3 107 204 4 0.336
PIT_1961 327 1 110 212 4 0.336
KCA_1969 305 1 102 192 10 0.334
WS2_1966 255 0 85 167 3 0.333
KC1_1966 264 4 88 164 8 0.333
CHA_1963 349 2 116 225 6 0.332
CHN_1969 337 1 112 217 7 0.332
CLE_1964 325 2 108 206 9 0.332
MIN_1968 277 4 92 174 7 0.332
BAL_1960 323 1 107 207 8 0.331
MIN_1966 323 0 107 209 7 0.331
CIN_1960 290 0 96 182 12 0.331
CLE_1967 245 0 81 158 6 0.331
SE1_1969 303 4 100 190 9 0.330
LAN_1968 276 0 91 179 6 0.330
CAL_1965 283 0 93 186 4 0.329
CIN_1961 277 0 91 176 10 0.329
CLE_1966 274 1 90 175 8 0.328
PIT_1965 313 0 102 208 3 0.326
BOS_1966 298 0 97 193 8 0.326
WS1_1960 252 2 82 167 1 0.325
BOS_1962 306 1 99 199 7 0.324
PIT_1962 337 3 108 221 5 0.320
LAA_1964 307 1 98 200 8 0.319
DET_1967 322 2 102 211 7 0.317
PHI_1964 300 0 95 200 5 0.317
NYN_1966 294 3 93 186 12 0.316
MIN_1964 282 1 89 186 6 0.316
BOS_1961 355 1 112 236 6 0.315
MLN_1963 276 0 87 182 7 0.315
MLN_1961 327 0 103 218 6 0.315
CIN_1962 359 1 113 233 12 0.315
CHA_1960 337 1 106 221 9 0.315
MLN_1960 328 2 103 215 8 0.314
CLE_1969 291 1 91 190 9 0.313
CLE_1968 264 1 82 172 9 0.311
BOS_1965 278 2 86 187 3 0.309
WS2_1968 285 0 88 193 4 0.309
CIN_1965 341 0 104 232 5 0.305
PHI_1969 276 1 84 183 8 0.304
PIT_1960 365 3 111 235 16 0.304
HOU_1968 270 0 82 182 6 0.304
CHN_1960 315 1 95 209 10 0.302
CHA_1968 269 2 81 179 7 0.301
CHN_1961 306 0 92 206 8 0.301
PIT_1968 293 2 88 192 11 0.300
CLE_1963 267 1 80 180 6 0.300
BOS_1964 295 2 88 200 5 0.298
PIT_1969 369 0 110 252 7 0.298
CHN_1962 316 0 94 218 4 0.297
CLE_1960 313 0 93 212 8 0.297
HOU_1967 280 0 83 188 9 0.296
NYN_1965 265 0 78 181 6 0.294
PHI_1960 292 0 85 194 13 0.291
ATL_1967 275 0 80 191 4 0.291
SDN_1969 261 0 75 185 1 0.287
CHN_1966 319 2 90 218 9 0.282
MIN_1969 341 0 96 236 9 0.282
PIT_1964 302 2 85 209 6 0.281
CHA_1961 339 1 95 234 9 0.280
NYN_1964 325 1 91 222 11 0.280
KC1_1964 277 2 77 194 4 0.278
BAL_1961 321 2 88 226 5 0.274
MIN_1967 282 1 77 189 15 0.273
CLE_1965 293 1 80 200 12 0.273
MLN_1964 333 0 89 240 4 0.267
KC1_1960 306 1 81 223 1 0.265
BAL_1965 269 2 71 192 4 0.264
ATL_1969 330 1 87 236 6 0.264
KC1_1963 305 1 80 219 5 0.262
PHI_1961 285 0 73 206 6 0.256
BOS_1963 301 2 76 218 5 0.252
OAK_1969 306 1 77 222 6 0.252
PIT_1963 284 0 71 209 4 0.250
ATL_1968 306 1 75 229 1 0.245
NYA_1967 291 0 71 214 6 0.244
HOU_1963 276 0 67 206 3 0.243
KC1_1965 282 7 65 207 3 0.230
MLN_1962 325 0 73 245 7 0.225
HOU_1965 309 4 69 228 8 0.223
HOU_1966 329 0 68 256 5 0.207
HOU_1964 273 1 56 211 5 0.205
HOU_1962 340 0 64 264 12 0.188

1960’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Giants 3053 17 1227 1730 79 0.402
Cardinals 3225 12 1251 1885 77 0.388
Yankees 2921 10 1103 1761 47 0.378
Senators II 2599 8 971 1573 47 0.374
Expos 291 0 107 179 5 0.368
Dodgers 2976 15 1094 1788 79 0.368
Reds 3099 5 1119 1893 82 0.361
Angels 2675 11 958 1643 63 0.358
Tigers 3053 20 1093 1872 68 0.358
White Sox 3132 16 1097 1943 76 0.350
Mets 2386 8 832 1481 65 0.349
Cubs 3084 5 1056 1944 79 0.342
Phillies 3018 5 1018 1923 72 0.337
Royals 305 1 102 192 10 0.334
Orioles 2999 13 997 1928 61 0.332
Pilots 303 4 100 190 9 0.330
Red Sox 3027 12 996 1963 56 0.329
Twins 2975 16 977 1917 65 0.328
Indians 2917 7 925 1902 83 0.317
Pirates 3257 11 1020 2153 73 0.313
Athletics 2914 22 888 1959 45 0.305
Braves 3069 6 892 2114 57 0.291
Padres 261 0 75 185 1 0.287
Astros 2386 7 597 1730 52 0.250

Boston topped the Majors with a 36.9% Pct1st3rd during the Seventies, narrowly outperforming their rivals from New York. Denny Doyle raced from first to third at a 50.7% clip in his stint with the Red Sox. Reggie Smith (49.7%), Rick Burleson (44.4%), Rick Miller (44.3%), Tommy Harper (43.8%), Carlton Fisk (43.3%), Jerry Remy (40.2%) and Doug Griffin (40.2%) exemplify the Sox’ assertiveness on the bases.

Thurman Munson symbolized the Yankees’ “take no prisoners” attitude. “Tugboat” placed 15th in the All-Time Pct1st3rd leader boards with a career ratio of .497. The Bronx Bombers sported the highest single-season percentage for the decade with a .426 average in 1970 and finished four times in the top 20. Elliott Maddox (.492), Lou Piniella (.465), Roy White (.441), Sandy Alomar (.421), Danny Cater (.420) and Mickey Rivers (.414) scampered around the bases with abandon.

The 1970 Mets (.425) earned a runner-up finish in the single-season charts for the decade. Donn Clendenon paced the squad with a .650 ratio with Bud Harrelson (.583) and Joe Foy (.500) contributing exceptional marks. Rookie outfielder Ken Singleton (.588) and part-timer Ron Swoboda (.533) boost New York’s first-third percentage.

Atlanta trailed the competition with respect to taking the extra base during the Seventies, achieving the goal at a 23% rate. Hank Aaron’s career baserunning totals sustained a substantial downward trend following his age 35 season. Entering the 1970 season with a Pct1st3rd of .389, “Hammer” slumped to 14.9% over the next five campaigns to close out his Braves’ record at .337. The register of 1970’s Braves who failed to advance from first to third base on a single at least 20% of the time encompasses Biff Pocoroba (.111), Earl Williams (.125), Larvell Blanks (.128), Darrel Chaney (.129), Jeff Burroughs (.152), Willie Montanez (.184) and Gil Garrido (.191). Dishonorable mention goes to Phil “Knucksie” Niekro, who had 58 chances to advance 180 feet on a clean single but only converted on three attempts.

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_1970s

1970’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
NYA_1970 296 1 126 161 8 0.426
NYN_1970 341 2 145 188 6 0.425
BOS_1971 273 0 114 154 5 0.418
OAK_1975 279 2 115 157 5 0.412
NYA_1971 340 1 140 196 3 0.412
KCA_1971 297 0 122 166 9 0.411
BOS_1975 353 3 143 195 12 0.405
CHA_1977 377 2 151 216 8 0.401
NYA_1976 329 1 131 190 7 0.398
BOS_1977 337 2 134 197 4 0.398
TEX_1978 270 3 106 155 6 0.393
NYA_1975 352 0 137 209 6 0.389
LAN_1970 389 2 150 229 8 0.386
NYA_1974 408 0 157 239 12 0.385
MIL_1977 304 1 116 185 2 0.382
HOU_1971 288 0 109 175 4 0.378
CAL_1970 352 0 132 207 13 0.375
BOS_1976 305 0 114 184 7 0.374
CIN_1972 301 0 111 183 7 0.369
HOU_1970 323 0 118 200 5 0.365
BOS_1972 296 2 108 181 5 0.365
BOS_1978 340 0 124 209 7 0.365
BOS_1970 322 0 117 197 8 0.363
LAN_1972 349 1 125 217 6 0.358
KCA_1976 330 4 118 202 6 0.358
NYA_1977 370 0 132 226 12 0.357
BOS_1979 327 1 116 203 7 0.355
LAN_1973 356 2 126 221 7 0.354
KCA_1973 351 0 124 223 4 0.353
CLE_1972 252 2 89 158 3 0.353
CAL_1973 366 0 129 225 12 0.352
NYA_1973 350 0 123 221 6 0.351
NYN_1979 316 0 111 193 12 0.351
KCA_1977 295 3 103 184 5 0.349
MIL_1973 324 1 113 208 2 0.349
KCA_1979 345 0 120 222 3 0.348
TEX_1977 340 4 118 207 11 0.347
NYA_1978 369 2 128 233 6 0.347
CAL_1972 280 1 97 175 7 0.346
KCA_1978 318 0 110 199 9 0.346
CHN_1970 327 0 113 208 6 0.346
PIT_1977 276 4 95 173 4 0.344
DET_1979 326 0 112 206 8 0.344
CLE_1973 309 1 106 193 9 0.343
MIN_1977 379 2 130 236 11 0.343
PIT_1970 353 0 121 224 8 0.343
KCA_1974 348 1 119 221 7 0.342
CIN_1976 360 0 123 235 2 0.342
SLN_1973 334 1 114 214 5 0.341
BOS_1974 367 1 125 225 16 0.341
LAN_1971 376 2 128 238 8 0.340
CHN_1971 341 1 116 217 7 0.340
CHN_1978 354 0 120 229 5 0.339
PIT_1979 305 1 103 198 3 0.338
CLE_1975 323 1 109 202 11 0.337
OAK_1974 249 3 84 156 6 0.337
NYN_1977 291 1 98 188 4 0.337
DET_1973 330 0 111 214 5 0.336
LAN_1974 348 2 117 220 9 0.336
HOU_1979 268 0 90 169 9 0.336
CAL_1976 274 1 92 176 5 0.336
NYN_1978 295 0 99 189 7 0.336
SFN_1970 349 1 117 226 5 0.335
CHN_1977 373 0 125 241 7 0.335
PIT_1978 266 1 89 170 6 0.335
DET_1970 299 1 100 192 6 0.334
CHN_1974 323 2 108 208 5 0.334
CHA_1974 350 2 116 221 11 0.331
DET_1977 311 0 103 198 10 0.331
CHN_1973 312 0 103 203 6 0.330
TEX_1972 261 1 86 170 4 0.330
CHN_1972 310 1 102 204 3 0.329
SLN_1970 371 2 122 236 11 0.329
CHN_1975 365 1 120 238 6 0.329
CAL_1978 365 1 120 234 10 0.329
PIT_1976 312 2 102 204 4 0.327
BAL_1975 326 1 106 215 4 0.325
CHA_1973 345 0 112 223 10 0.325
OAK_1977 262 0 85 170 7 0.324
TOR_1978 336 0 109 222 5 0.324
MIN_1971 358 2 116 237 3 0.324
CLE_1974 318 2 103 208 5 0.324
MIN_1979 377 0 122 246 9 0.324
CIN_1977 272 0 88 177 7 0.324
OAK_1972 269 1 87 178 3 0.323
SLN_1977 313 1 101 203 8 0.323
MIN_1972 307 2 99 197 9 0.322
CHA_1972 289 2 93 192 2 0.322
CIN_1978 274 0 88 176 10 0.321
CLE_1979 337 0 108 223 6 0.320
HOU_1976 334 1 107 217 9 0.320
CLE_1977 378 1 121 243 13 0.320
DET_1971 307 1 98 199 9 0.319
BOS_1973 358 5 114 231 8 0.318
TOR_1977 283 0 90 188 5 0.318
MIN_1973 368 0 117 242 9 0.318
CIN_1979 334 0 106 224 4 0.317
CAL_1971 290 0 92 192 6 0.317
NYN_1971 338 1 107 220 10 0.317
MIL_1976 345 2 109 226 8 0.316
WS2_1970 321 0 101 214 6 0.315
MIL_1975 281 1 88 183 9 0.313
SLN_1976 323 3 101 206 13 0.313
MIL_1972 295 1 92 197 5 0.312
CAL_1977 276 1 86 182 7 0.312
MON_1972 270 0 84 178 8 0.311
BAL_1971 344 2 107 231 4 0.311
CIN_1970 299 0 93 201 5 0.311
CHA_1971 312 2 97 207 6 0.311
BAL_1979 296 1 92 197 6 0.311
CLE_1976 380 2 118 253 7 0.311
MON_1973 316 1 98 214 3 0.310
MIL_1970 298 2 92 198 6 0.309
OAK_1971 325 1 100 218 6 0.308
BAL_1973 368 2 113 245 8 0.307
MIL_1974 290 2 89 188 11 0.307
CHA_1975 362 0 111 241 10 0.307
CLE_1971 284 0 87 193 4 0.306
NYA_1979 343 0 105 230 8 0.306
CHA_1979 301 2 92 203 4 0.306
SLN_1974 357 2 109 238 8 0.305
PHI_1977 344 1 105 231 7 0.305
TOR_1979 305 0 93 207 5 0.305
NYN_1972 269 0 82 183 4 0.305
BAL_1970 361 1 110 242 8 0.305
LAN_1977 302 1 92 195 14 0.305
MON_1976 257 0 78 174 5 0.304
BAL_1972 267 1 81 180 5 0.303
WS2_1971 297 1 90 200 6 0.303
CAL_1974 324 0 98 215 11 0.302
SFN_1977 288 1 87 192 8 0.302
DET_1974 325 1 98 219 7 0.302
CAL_1979 375 2 113 251 9 0.301
DET_1978 382 0 115 256 11 0.301
KCA_1972 303 0 91 203 9 0.300
PIT_1974 413 3 124 279 7 0.300
SFN_1972 270 0 81 181 8 0.300
MIL_1971 264 3 79 180 2 0.299
BAL_1978 308 0 92 214 2 0.299
KCA_1975 288 1 86 192 9 0.299
SFN_1973 315 1 94 216 4 0.298
MIN_1970 305 1 91 206 7 0.298
NYA_1972 309 2 92 210 5 0.298
CIN_1974 320 1 95 218 6 0.297
SLN_1972 331 0 98 223 10 0.296
SEA_1979 321 0 95 222 4 0.296
CIN_1975 365 1 108 250 6 0.296
MIL_1978 311 0 92 214 5 0.296
MIN_1978 345 2 102 231 10 0.296
HOU_1977 274 1 81 188 4 0.296
CAL_1975 318 2 94 220 2 0.296
OAK_1976 271 0 80 186 5 0.295
TEX_1973 349 1 103 236 9 0.295
MIL_1979 319 1 94 220 4 0.295
SDN_1975 289 1 85 194 9 0.294
CHN_1976 320 1 94 212 13 0.294
PIT_1972 355 0 104 242 9 0.293
LAN_1978 297 2 87 201 7 0.293
TEX_1975 340 1 99 232 8 0.291
CLE_1978 321 1 93 222 5 0.290
OAK_1978 246 0 71 169 6 0.289
SDN_1977 272 0 78 187 7 0.287
LAN_1976 321 1 92 221 7 0.287
MON_1974 322 0 92 224 6 0.286
SDN_1979 287 1 82 195 9 0.286
BAL_1977 333 0 95 229 9 0.285
OAK_1979 291 0 83 202 6 0.285
LAN_1975 295 2 84 202 7 0.285
PIT_1973 313 0 89 219 5 0.284
TEX_1974 399 0 113 275 11 0.283
OAK_1973 336 0 95 231 10 0.283
PIT_1975 336 1 95 232 8 0.283
HOU_1972 301 0 85 214 2 0.282
CHA_1978 312 1 88 214 9 0.282
NYN_1973 337 1 95 231 10 0.282
CIN_1973 332 0 93 226 13 0.280
SFN_1979 297 0 83 205 9 0.279
TEX_1979 376 3 105 256 12 0.279
DET_1975 308 2 86 213 7 0.279
HOU_1975 316 2 88 215 11 0.278
MON_1978 304 0 84 211 9 0.276
SDN_1972 239 0 66 165 8 0.276
SFN_1975 355 1 98 253 3 0.276
NYN_1975 389 0 107 274 8 0.275
KCA_1970 307 3 84 211 9 0.274
BAL_1974 326 2 89 232 3 0.273
SDN_1971 231 1 63 161 6 0.273
CHN_1979 338 2 92 238 6 0.272
HOU_1974 332 1 90 231 10 0.271
HOU_1978 289 1 78 203 7 0.270
MON_1975 315 1 85 222 7 0.270
PIT_1971 341 2 92 244 3 0.270
PHI_1978 304 1 82 214 7 0.270
MIN_1976 390 0 105 272 13 0.269
SLN_1979 376 1 101 261 13 0.269
SLN_1978 283 0 76 204 3 0.269
OAK_1970 250 3 67 174 6 0.268
MON_1970 280 2 75 197 6 0.268
SLN_1975 381 3 102 264 12 0.268
LAN_1979 318 1 85 227 5 0.267
SDN_1976 330 0 88 235 7 0.267
ATL_1976 325 3 86 229 7 0.265
SDN_1973 297 0 78 212 7 0.263
SLN_1971 394 1 103 285 5 0.261
BAL_1976 287 0 75 207 5 0.261
PHI_1979 319 0 83 230 6 0.260
ATL_1977 335 1 87 246 1 0.260
ATL_1973 338 1 87 241 9 0.257
SEA_1978 307 0 79 225 3 0.257
SFN_1978 274 1 70 196 7 0.255
DET_1976 321 3 82 225 11 0.255
DET_1972 311 4 79 216 12 0.254
SDN_1970 288 0 73 213 2 0.253
CHA_1976 337 0 84 247 6 0.249
CLE_1970 301 0 75 215 11 0.249
NYN_1974 341 0 84 252 5 0.246
SFN_1974 305 1 75 224 5 0.246
ATL_1978 310 0 76 231 3 0.245
TEX_1976 364 1 89 268 6 0.245
MIN_1975 409 2 100 295 12 0.244
SDN_1974 302 0 73 223 6 0.242
MON_1971 329 0 79 241 9 0.240
PHI_1976 377 2 90 278 7 0.239
CHA_1970 352 2 84 258 8 0.239
PHI_1970 260 0 62 190 8 0.238
NYN_1976 330 1 78 246 5 0.236
SEA_1977 292 0 69 213 10 0.236
SFN_1976 301 0 71 225 5 0.236
PHI_1975 324 1 76 241 6 0.235
MON_1979 275 0 64 203 8 0.233
ATL_1975 318 2 74 239 3 0.233
MIN_1974 435 1 100 324 10 0.230
PHI_1974 329 1 75 245 8 0.228
PHI_1971 274 0 61 213 NA 0.223
SDN_1978 312 0 69 234 9 0.221
SFN_1971 306 0 67 234 5 0.219
PHI_1973 323 0 70 249 4 0.217
MON_1977 265 1 57 199 8 0.215
ATL_1970 359 1 77 275 6 0.214
ATL_1972 313 0 66 238 9 0.211
HOU_1973 311 1 65 240 5 0.209
CIN_1971 277 1 57 214 5 0.206
ATL_1971 293 1 60 224 8 0.205
ATL_1974 310 0 63 242 5 0.203
PHI_1972 276 1 56 217 2 0.203
ATL_1979 324 1 65 252 6 0.201

1970’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Red Sox 3278 14 1209 1976 79 0.369
Yankees 3466 7 1271 2115 73 0.367
Royals 3182 12 1077 2023 70 0.338
Angels 3220 8 1053 2077 82 0.327
Cubs 3363 8 1093 2198 64 0.325
Dodgers 3351 16 1086 2171 78 0.324
Brewers 3031 14 964 1999 54 0.318
Blue Jays 924 0 292 617 15 0.316
Indians 3203 10 1009 2110 74 0.315
Athletics 2778 10 867 1841 60 0.312
Pirates 3270 14 1014 2185 57 0.310
Mets 3247 6 1006 2164 71 0.310
White Sox 3337 13 1028 2222 74 0.308
Reds 3134 3 962 2104 65 0.307
Tigers 3220 12 984 2138 86 0.306
Rangers 3317 15 1010 2213 79 0.304
Astros 3036 7 911 2052 66 0.300
Orioles 3216 10 960 2192 54 0.299
Cardinals 3463 14 1027 2334 88 0.297
Twins 3673 12 1082 2486 93 0.295
Giants 3060 6 843 2152 59 0.275
Expos 2933 5 796 2063 69 0.271
Padres 2847 3 755 2019 70 0.265
Mariners 920 0 243 660 17 0.264
Phillies 3130 7 760 2308 55 0.243
Braves 3225 10 741 2417 57 0.230

San Francisco led all MLB clubs in Pct1st3rd during the 1980’s at 33.7%, followed closely by Detroit (33.1%). Dan Gladden pushed the envelope on the bases, proceeding halfway around the diamond in 58.9% of his opportunities for the Giants. Robby Thompson and Jack Clark advancement ratios registered a tick below 45%. The Tigers’ audacious athletes encompassed outfielders Al Cowens (55%), Pat Sheridan (42.7%), Gary Pettis (42.4%) and Chet Lemon (41%).

The 1981 Blue Jays recorded the highest Pct1st3rd ratio for the decade at 40.4%. Danny Ainge, Lloyd Moseby and Otto Velez took the extra base half of the time. Part-timers Rick Bosetti, George Bell and Willie Upshaw combined to go from first-to-third in 14 of 16 chances.

Seattle (27%) compiled the poorest Pct1st3rd during the Eighties. Bob Kearney managed to convert on only 5 of 46 chances to make the 180-foot journey from first to third base on a base knock. Other Mariners who accomplished this task on less than one-fifth of their attempts include Richie Zisk (.167), Alvin Davis (.174), Rey Quinones (.180), Jim Presley (.183), Dave Valle (.185) and Darnell Coles (.191). Davis achieves special mention for consistency as he never exceeded the 30% mark in his career.

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_1980s

1980’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
TOR_1981 161 0 65 92 4 0.404
DET_1983 356 1 142 202 11 0.399
NYA_1985 320 3 126 181 10 0.394
SLN_1984 296 1 116 174 5 0.392
DET_1981 230 2 90 131 7 0.391
TEX_1981 228 0 89 133 6 0.390
CAL_1988 331 1 129 198 3 0.390
ATL_1984 302 0 117 182 3 0.387
LAN_1986 285 0 110 168 7 0.386
SFN_1987 289 0 111 171 7 0.384
SDN_1984 320 0 122 193 5 0.381
HOU_1984 358 0 135 220 3 0.377
NYN_1988 274 0 103 162 9 0.376
CHA_1988 256 1 95 159 1 0.371
KCA_1981 200 0 74 124 2 0.370
CHN_1989 293 0 108 180 5 0.369
SDN_1987 307 2 113 189 3 0.368
SFN_1983 271 3 99 162 7 0.365
ATL_1982 329 0 120 205 4 0.365
TOR_1985 283 0 103 177 3 0.364
LAN_1984 286 1 104 175 6 0.364
TOR_1987 273 0 99 172 2 0.363
BOS_1984 353 0 128 218 7 0.363
HOU_1985 312 1 113 191 7 0.362
MIN_1987 269 2 97 165 5 0.361
SDN_1982 308 2 111 191 4 0.360
NYN_1984 300 1 108 183 8 0.360
PIT_1989 253 1 91 156 5 0.360
TOR_1980 299 1 107 186 5 0.358
CHN_1982 302 1 108 188 5 0.358
SFN_1984 344 1 123 213 7 0.358
SFN_1985 250 0 89 155 6 0.356
TEX_1987 293 0 104 187 2 0.355
NYA_1987 319 0 113 202 4 0.354
SDN_1981 201 0 71 128 2 0.353
SFN_1986 305 0 106 194 5 0.348
LAN_1987 291 1 101 184 5 0.347
NYA_1986 340 1 118 214 7 0.347
KCA_1980 396 0 137 250 9 0.346
HOU_1988 266 0 92 169 5 0.346
MIL_1983 331 1 114 213 3 0.344
CAL_1987 305 0 105 198 2 0.344
OAK_1987 317 0 109 201 7 0.344
HOU_1982 288 3 99 181 5 0.344
SDN_1980 344 1 118 219 6 0.343
MIL_1987 344 1 118 219 6 0.343
CAL_1989 333 0 114 211 8 0.342
TEX_1989 287 0 98 186 3 0.341
SFN_1982 353 0 120 222 11 0.340
HOU_1980 312 1 106 200 5 0.340
NYN_1989 254 1 86 165 2 0.339
CLE_1986 353 0 119 227 7 0.337
CHA_1983 294 0 99 188 7 0.337
BOS_1981 283 0 95 180 8 0.336
SLN_1982 298 1 100 190 7 0.336
CAL_1984 287 3 96 183 5 0.334
CLE_1987 299 0 100 195 4 0.334
MON_1986 305 0 102 199 4 0.334
OAK_1986 321 2 107 204 8 0.333
PIT_1987 303 1 101 197 4 0.333
MIN_1988 318 0 106 207 5 0.333
NYA_1989 357 0 119 235 3 0.333
CAL_1986 310 0 103 202 5 0.332
DET_1985 304 2 101 193 8 0.332
CIN_1988 250 3 83 160 4 0.332
DET_1984 374 3 124 241 6 0.332
NYA_1980 344 1 114 221 8 0.331
MIN_1980 323 2 107 206 8 0.331
KCA_1984 317 2 105 207 3 0.331
NYN_1987 287 0 95 184 8 0.331
CHA_1980 303 0 100 196 7 0.330
CHN_1983 298 1 98 195 4 0.329
TOR_1982 295 0 97 195 3 0.329
LAN_1985 329 2 108 214 5 0.328
SEA_1980 281 1 92 186 2 0.327
BOS_1980 336 0 110 220 6 0.327
CHA_1985 266 0 87 174 5 0.327
CHA_1987 242 1 79 160 2 0.326
MIL_1986 282 0 92 187 3 0.326
SLN_1983 319 0 104 209 6 0.326
OAK_1980 316 3 103 203 7 0.326
NYA_1981 203 0 66 132 5 0.325
DET_1982 283 2 92 181 8 0.325
NYN_1986 336 0 109 221 6 0.324
SFN_1988 287 2 93 188 4 0.324
MIL_1984 346 0 112 230 4 0.324
CHA_1984 275 0 89 180 6 0.324
DET_1986 309 0 100 199 10 0.324
TEX_1985 306 0 99 198 9 0.324
NYN_1981 180 0 58 119 3 0.322
CLE_1989 292 0 94 197 1 0.322
MIL_1982 317 1 102 209 5 0.322
DET_1987 361 1 116 239 5 0.321
CHN_1987 309 0 99 203 7 0.320
MON_1985 256 0 82 167 7 0.320
TOR_1989 297 2 95 194 6 0.320
MIN_1981 191 1 61 126 3 0.319
CIN_1982 285 0 91 186 8 0.319
DET_1989 317 1 101 214 1 0.319
BAL_1989 314 1 100 209 4 0.318
SLN_1988 327 0 104 220 3 0.318
TEX_1988 305 1 97 204 3 0.318
SLN_1980 328 2 104 213 9 0.317
LAN_1982 323 1 102 216 4 0.316
KCA_1983 304 0 96 200 8 0.316
PHI_1981 235 0 74 154 7 0.315
PHI_1989 302 0 95 202 5 0.315
MIL_1981 194 1 61 129 3 0.314
CAL_1982 331 0 104 216 11 0.314
NYA_1988 338 0 106 226 6 0.314
LAN_1989 303 3 95 198 7 0.314
CIN_1983 230 0 72 157 1 0.313
MIN_1985 310 2 97 208 3 0.313
KCA_1987 330 2 103 222 3 0.312
CAL_1985 298 3 93 198 4 0.312
ATL_1987 282 1 88 187 6 0.312
CIN_1986 311 1 97 204 9 0.312
SLN_1985 280 0 87 185 8 0.311
SDN_1988 280 0 87 189 4 0.311
NYN_1985 293 2 91 190 10 0.311
CHN_1988 329 2 102 219 6 0.310
SEA_1987 268 0 83 177 8 0.310
SFN_1989 265 0 82 180 3 0.309
CHA_1986 311 1 96 206 8 0.309
DET_1980 373 1 115 256 1 0.308
OAK_1985 335 1 103 224 7 0.307
TOR_1984 309 0 95 210 4 0.307
PIT_1988 270 1 83 184 2 0.307
KCA_1982 313 2 96 208 7 0.307
PIT_1980 287 1 88 190 8 0.307
OAK_1989 323 0 99 218 6 0.307
ATL_1988 271 0 83 184 4 0.306
TEX_1983 320 2 98 213 7 0.306
TEX_1986 320 1 98 217 4 0.306
MIL_1980 317 1 97 210 9 0.306
SDN_1986 317 0 97 213 7 0.306
HOU_1983 291 4 89 189 9 0.306
BOS_1982 361 4 110 240 7 0.305
OAK_1982 279 1 85 189 4 0.305
OAK_1981 197 1 60 130 6 0.305
MIL_1988 293 0 89 202 2 0.304
SDN_1989 291 0 88 200 3 0.302
PIT_1983 301 1 91 202 7 0.302
MIN_1983 311 1 94 213 3 0.302
OAK_1988 328 2 99 220 7 0.302
MON_1989 285 4 86 189 6 0.302
MIL_1985 359 2 108 242 7 0.301
KCA_1988 326 2 98 223 3 0.301
NYA_1983 356 2 107 236 11 0.301
CHN_1984 313 0 94 212 7 0.300
BOS_1986 343 0 103 229 11 0.300
SDN_1985 340 0 102 229 9 0.300
ATL_1983 337 2 101 226 8 0.300
KCA_1989 344 1 103 234 6 0.299
SLN_1987 324 0 97 224 3 0.299
SLN_1986 261 1 78 180 2 0.299
OAK_1984 325 3 97 223 2 0.298
MIL_1989 322 2 96 219 5 0.298
CLE_1982 346 0 103 237 6 0.298
MON_1984 276 0 82 189 5 0.297
HOU_1986 266 1 79 181 5 0.297
TOR_1986 330 0 98 226 6 0.297
SLN_1981 226 0 67 152 7 0.296
PHI_1988 274 0 81 188 5 0.296
SFN_1981 227 0 67 156 4 0.295
BAL_1987 309 0 91 214 4 0.294
CHN_1981 163 0 48 111 4 0.294
LAN_1988 282 3 83 191 5 0.294
CIN_1984 262 0 77 176 9 0.294
BOS_1987 354 0 104 244 6 0.294
LAN_1980 348 3 102 236 7 0.293
CLE_1984 373 1 109 259 4 0.292
CHN_1985 267 0 78 183 6 0.292
PIT_1982 315 1 92 215 7 0.292
SLN_1989 336 0 98 234 4 0.292
PIT_1986 295 2 86 200 7 0.292
BOS_1985 381 0 111 265 5 0.291
ATL_1989 292 0 85 205 2 0.291
TOR_1983 330 0 96 219 15 0.291
MON_1987 272 0 79 186 7 0.290
ATL_1986 273 0 79 189 5 0.289
CLE_1985 350 2 101 240 7 0.289
CLE_1980 406 1 117 279 9 0.288
PHI_1984 313 0 90 218 5 0.288
NYA_1982 327 0 94 226 7 0.287
NYN_1980 317 0 91 216 10 0.287
CHA_1982 324 2 93 225 4 0.287
SFN_1980 298 2 85 206 5 0.285
PIT_1981 186 0 53 132 1 0.285
NYA_1984 355 0 101 245 9 0.285
HOU_1989 292 0 83 207 2 0.284
CLE_1988 314 0 89 216 9 0.283
BAL_1980 374 0 106 257 11 0.283
PHI_1980 300 6 85 199 10 0.283
CIN_1981 219 0 62 154 3 0.283
BAL_1984 329 0 93 232 4 0.283
CAL_1980 344 3 97 239 5 0.282
MIN_1984 380 1 107 267 5 0.282
LAN_1981 242 1 68 165 8 0.281
TEX_1982 324 1 91 223 9 0.281
BAL_1982 339 1 95 239 4 0.280
KCA_1985 293 2 82 202 7 0.280
HOU_1981 204 0 57 142 5 0.279
CIN_1987 290 1 81 201 7 0.279
SEA_1982 319 0 89 222 8 0.279
SEA_1984 302 0 84 217 1 0.278
MIN_1982 331 0 92 236 3 0.278
MIN_1989 361 0 100 259 2 0.277
BOS_1983 344 1 95 238 10 0.276
MON_1980 272 0 75 191 6 0.276
SEA_1986 283 1 78 200 4 0.276
HOU_1987 294 0 81 207 6 0.276
CLE_1981 207 0 57 147 3 0.275
TEX_1980 391 0 107 279 5 0.274
ATL_1981 154 1 42 106 5 0.273
MIN_1986 290 1 79 205 5 0.272
CHA_1981 261 0 71 185 5 0.272
MON_1988 265 1 72 189 3 0.272
TOR_1988 328 0 89 233 6 0.271
PHI_1987 262 0 71 188 3 0.271
CLE_1983 367 2 99 262 4 0.270
CAL_1983 346 2 93 241 10 0.269
NYN_1982 283 0 76 203 4 0.269
OAK_1983 310 2 83 219 6 0.268
PIT_1984 327 4 87 231 5 0.266
TEX_1984 348 1 92 250 5 0.264
CAL_1981 224 1 59 160 4 0.263
DET_1988 300 0 79 213 8 0.263
NYN_1983 293 1 77 208 7 0.263
BOS_1988 366 0 96 263 7 0.262
BAL_1983 342 1 89 247 5 0.260
CIN_1989 269 0 70 192 7 0.260
SEA_1981 221 0 57 161 3 0.258
PHI_1986 272 0 70 200 2 0.257
ATL_1980 292 1 75 212 4 0.257
CIN_1985 304 0 78 219 7 0.257
CHA_1989 355 1 91 255 8 0.256
BAL_1986 348 0 89 256 3 0.256
BAL_1988 278 1 71 204 2 0.255
SEA_1989 329 1 84 237 7 0.255
PHI_1985 254 0 64 184 6 0.252
SEA_1983 263 0 66 189 8 0.251
PHI_1983 327 2 82 236 7 0.251
BAL_1981 200 0 50 146 4 0.250
MON_1983 285 0 71 211 3 0.249
BAL_1985 311 0 77 232 2 0.248
CIN_1980 300 0 74 216 10 0.247
LAN_1983 276 0 68 193 15 0.246
KCA_1986 331 0 81 246 4 0.245
SDN_1983 272 2 66 198 6 0.243
MON_1981 171 2 41 123 5 0.240
CHN_1986 267 0 64 196 7 0.240
SEA_1988 252 1 60 186 5 0.238
MON_1982 286 1 68 210 7 0.238
BOS_1989 383 1 91 287 4 0.238
PIT_1985 280 1 65 209 5 0.232
SEA_1985 283 0 64 217 2 0.226
PHI_1982 297 1 63 225 8 0.212
ATL_1985 293 3 61 226 3 0.208
CHN_1980 300 2 60 231 7 0.200

1980’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Giants 2889 8 975 1847 59 0.337
Tigers 3207 13 1060 2069 65 0.331
Padres 2980 7 975 1949 49 0.327
Yankees 3259 7 1064 2118 70 0.326
Blue Jays 2905 3 944 1904 54 0.325
Astros 2883 10 934 1887 52 0.324
Angels 3109 13 993 2046 57 0.319
Cardinals 2995 5 955 1981 54 0.319
Brewers 3105 9 989 2060 47 0.319
Dodgers 2965 15 941 1940 69 0.317
Mets 2817 5 894 1851 67 0.317
White Sox 2887 6 900 1928 53 0.312
Rangers 3122 6 973 2090 53 0.312
Athletics 3051 15 945 2031 60 0.310
Royals 3154 11 975 2116 52 0.309
Twins 3084 10 940 2092 42 0.305
Cubs 2841 6 859 1918 58 0.302
Braves 2825 8 851 1922 44 0.301
Indians 3307 6 988 2259 54 0.299
Red Sox 3504 6 1043 2384 71 0.298
Pirates 2817 13 837 1916 51 0.297
Reds 2720 5 785 1865 65 0.289
Expos 2673 8 758 1854 53 0.284
Orioles 3144 4 861 2236 43 0.274
Phillies 2836 9 775 1994 58 0.273
Mariners 2801 4 757 1992 48 0.270

The Angels franchise experienced significant turnover in the Nineties with four managerial changes (not including interim managers) and substituting Anaheim for California in the team name. Despite the turmoil their fervor for running the bases never waned as the Halos placed in the top 20 for Pct1st3rd in all of the odd-numbered seasons excepting 1991. Dave Hollins owns the third-highest success rate of all-time (minimum 150 chances) at 55.7%. “Head” improved his frequency to 58.9% in two years with the Angels. Luis Polonia (21st all-time) supplied a .492 ratio in his four-year stint with the club and Randy Velarde contributed a .478 mark. Angels’ mainstays Gary DiSarcina (.433) and Tim Salmon (.379) endorsed the organization’s assertive style on the base paths.

Mike DiGiovanna gathered quotes from the Angels and the opposition for his August ’95 L.A. Times article, “They’re Not Timid Angels on Basepaths These Days.” Offensive sparkplug Tony Phillips scored 119 runs for the Angels in back-to-back campaigns (1995-96). Phillips observed “That’s how we’ve been playing all year, aggressive on the bases. We’re not a station-to-station team by any means. We go from first to third on singles, we get good jumps off second, and it’s one of the reasons we’re scoring so many runs.” Third-base coaches Willie Randolph (Yankees) and Rick “Rooster” Burleson (Angels) echoed those remarks. Randolph remarked “Speed is a luxury–it can get you through some tough times–but I’d rather have a good overall baserunning team. The Angels are aggressive on the basepaths, they have a lot of eager young players who are looking to make their mark, and that puts a lot of pressure on the defense.” Burleson added “It’s no secret we don’t have any real burners… but we can go first to third, second to home, with anybody, and that sets the tone for the offense. It’s our style, and the players are proud of it.”

Kenny Lofton and the ’93 Tribe topped the single-season charts for the Nineties at 39.6%. Lofton accomplished the first-third task on 26 of 35 occasions (74.3%) while fellow outfielder Wayne Kirby advanced in 60% of his opportunities. Teammates Carlos Baerga and Albert Belle also eclipsed the 50% ratio. Dave Hollins (55.6%) inspired the Twins’ runner-up finish in the single-season leader boards with Pat Meares contributing a 14-for-28 effort.

One of the four recent “expansion” franchises, the Marlins, concluded the Nineties as the worst baserunning team in terms of 1st-3rd percentage (26.2%). Fellow backstops Charles Johnson (.116) and Benito Santiago (.190) were adverse to risk-taking. Orestes Destrade amassed a .122 Pct1st3rd as Florida’s inaugural first-sacker.

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_1990s

1990’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
CLE_1993 369 0 146 218 5 0.396
MIN_1996 404 0 159 236 9 0.394
CAL_1993 304 2 111 181 10 0.365
MIL_1994 220 1 80 134 5 0.364
DET_1998 304 2 110 185 7 0.362
CAL_1995 329 5 118 200 6 0.359
TEX_1990 335 0 120 213 2 0.358
BAL_1994 239 1 85 146 7 0.356
KCA_1995 268 1 95 167 5 0.354
BAL_1996 330 1 116 207 6 0.352
CHA_1990 285 0 100 182 3 0.351
ANA_1997 376 1 131 236 8 0.348
CLE_1992 356 2 124 223 7 0.348
PIT_1991 305 1 106 194 4 0.348
ANA_1999 307 1 106 195 5 0.345
PHI_1994 215 1 74 137 3 0.344
MIN_1995 332 0 114 211 7 0.343
KCA_1991 306 0 105 198 3 0.343
CHN_1995 239 0 82 147 10 0.343
DET_1990 312 1 107 199 5 0.343
DET_1997 286 0 98 184 4 0.343
CLE_1994 219 0 75 138 6 0.342
BOS_1992 330 0 112 215 3 0.339
OAK_1994 234 3 79 149 3 0.338
CAL_1996 344 2 116 220 6 0.337
CLE_1998 316 1 106 204 5 0.335
SFN_1994 185 0 62 117 6 0.335
NYN_1994 212 0 71 135 6 0.335
NYN_1990 284 1 95 179 9 0.335
KCA_1992 299 2 100 190 7 0.334
LAN_1991 332 2 111 214 5 0.334
TEX_1998 365 1 122 240 2 0.334
LAN_1994 235 1 78 152 4 0.332
MIN_1999 326 1 108 208 9 0.331
ANA_1998 336 2 111 219 4 0.330
TEX_1996 333 1 110 219 3 0.330
OAK_1993 327 0 108 216 3 0.330
TEX_1999 379 0 125 250 4 0.330
BAL_1997 349 0 115 230 4 0.330
TEX_1994 249 0 82 161 6 0.329
DET_1995 268 0 88 174 6 0.328
LAN_1995 287 3 94 184 6 0.328
ATL_1995 260 3 85 168 4 0.327
MIN_1991 358 4 117 230 7 0.327
TEX_1995 306 1 100 203 2 0.327
CAL_1994 239 2 78 154 5 0.326
CHN_1993 334 2 109 218 5 0.326
MIN_1992 371 1 121 242 7 0.326
BAL_1992 347 0 113 225 9 0.326
OAK_1991 295 0 96 196 3 0.325
SEA_1993 314 0 102 203 9 0.325
CHN_1998 321 1 104 213 3 0.324
MON_1990 284 2 92 184 6 0.324
KCA_1996 306 3 99 194 10 0.324
COL_1997 341 1 110 224 6 0.323
DET_1993 398 2 128 264 4 0.322
SDN_1999 280 0 90 183 7 0.321
MIL_1991 381 1 122 253 5 0.320
NYA_1991 300 1 96 199 4 0.320
ATL_1997 319 0 102 213 4 0.320
MON_1993 276 1 88 182 5 0.319
TOR_1994 207 2 66 138 1 0.319
CHN_1990 317 1 101 209 6 0.319
CIN_1991 271 1 86 178 6 0.317
CHA_1996 348 1 110 231 6 0.316
PIT_1990 266 0 84 177 5 0.316
SFN_1990 339 0 107 229 3 0.316
CIN_1999 282 0 89 191 2 0.316
CHN_1997 298 1 94 196 7 0.315
CLE_1996 365 0 115 246 4 0.315
CAL_1992 273 3 86 178 6 0.315
SDN_1995 308 0 97 205 6 0.315
HOU_1998 340 2 107 227 4 0.315
MIN_1994 232 0 73 154 5 0.315
CHA_1991 321 1 101 218 1 0.315
BOS_1993 299 0 94 198 7 0.314
ARI_1999 331 1 104 221 5 0.314
NYN_1993 261 0 82 174 5 0.314
CIN_1997 255 1 80 171 3 0.314
TEX_1993 271 0 85 183 3 0.314
SFN_1997 335 0 105 226 4 0.313
PHI_1990 372 1 116 246 9 0.312
CIN_1996 244 1 76 164 3 0.311
HOU_1999 318 1 99 213 5 0.311
CLE_1995 302 2 94 201 5 0.311
NYN_1996 302 1 94 201 6 0.311
DET_1994 225 2 70 150 3 0.311
LAN_1990 354 1 110 238 5 0.311
KCA_1993 297 2 92 197 6 0.310
COL_1995 268 1 83 180 4 0.310
HOU_1995 346 0 107 233 6 0.309
FLO_1999 301 0 93 203 5 0.309
CHA_1992 334 0 103 227 4 0.308
CHA_1994 273 0 84 188 1 0.308
CIN_1994 208 0 64 141 3 0.308
NYA_1998 387 0 119 263 5 0.307
NYN_1995 313 1 96 214 2 0.307
SEA_1991 278 0 85 191 2 0.306
SLN_1991 301 0 92 206 3 0.306
OAK_1992 347 1 106 234 6 0.305
TBA_1998 311 0 95 211 5 0.305
NYA_1992 334 1 102 230 1 0.305
DET_1996 285 2 87 189 7 0.305
DET_1999 246 1 75 163 7 0.305
SFN_1992 266 0 81 182 3 0.305
OAK_1998 342 2 104 232 4 0.304
MON_1992 273 3 83 182 5 0.304
CHA_1993 329 0 100 223 6 0.304
CIN_1992 306 0 93 209 4 0.304
MIL_1990 303 2 92 205 4 0.304
OAK_1997 313 0 95 217 1 0.304
FLO_1998 300 2 91 204 3 0.303
TEX_1997 343 1 104 236 2 0.303
ATL_1999 284 0 86 192 6 0.303
LAN_1996 314 1 95 206 12 0.303
CHN_1992 311 0 94 213 4 0.302
TOR_1999 341 0 103 226 12 0.302
CHN_1996 298 0 90 207 1 0.302
MIL_1996 348 1 105 234 8 0.302
TEX_1991 345 0 104 236 5 0.301
TOR_1990 302 0 91 209 2 0.301
CAL_1991 322 2 97 215 8 0.301
TOR_1996 273 1 82 189 1 0.300
SDN_1991 293 0 88 200 5 0.300
CIN_1990 303 0 91 208 4 0.300
TBA_1999 371 0 111 252 8 0.299
DET_1991 278 0 83 189 6 0.299
KCA_1998 335 2 100 228 5 0.299
BOS_1996 406 1 121 280 4 0.298
TOR_1993 309 0 92 211 6 0.298
SEA_1997 309 1 92 212 4 0.298
SDN_1998 289 0 86 201 2 0.298
SDN_1996 326 0 97 222 7 0.298
NYN_1999 367 2 109 252 4 0.297
TEX_1992 293 0 87 202 4 0.297
MIL_1993 337 0 100 232 5 0.297
COL_1998 338 1 100 229 8 0.296
BAL_1995 274 1 81 187 5 0.296
OAK_1995 291 0 86 197 8 0.296
CHN_1991 288 0 85 201 2 0.295
ATL_1994 207 1 61 140 5 0.295
CHN_1994 207 1 61 141 4 0.295
MIN_1998 353 0 104 240 9 0.295
OAK_1990 323 0 95 223 5 0.294
PIT_1995 272 1 80 184 7 0.294
NYN_1992 279 0 82 186 11 0.294
SLN_1992 293 0 86 206 1 0.294
CLE_1991 331 0 97 228 6 0.293
COL_1999 331 1 97 226 7 0.293
CHA_1995 314 1 92 218 3 0.293
ATL_1993 311 2 91 212 6 0.293
BOS_1994 236 0 69 162 5 0.292
NYA_1995 339 0 99 234 6 0.292
CAL_1990 343 0 100 236 7 0.292
OAK_1996 316 0 92 223 1 0.291
TOR_1998 252 2 73 173 4 0.290
ATL_1992 287 0 83 198 6 0.289
BOS_1995 301 0 87 210 4 0.289
MON_1999 284 3 82 194 5 0.289
BAL_1991 291 0 84 202 5 0.289
OAK_1999 291 2 84 200 5 0.289
KCA_1990 344 1 99 237 7 0.288
HOU_1992 283 0 81 201 1 0.286
SDN_1997 339 2 97 236 4 0.286
BOS_1990 367 0 105 254 8 0.286
ARI_1998 260 1 74 181 4 0.285
KCA_1999 359 2 102 249 6 0.284
COL_1993 300 2 85 208 5 0.283
ATL_1998 301 0 85 208 8 0.282
MIL_1995 312 1 88 215 8 0.282
CHA_1999 327 1 92 230 4 0.281
SLN_1997 278 0 78 197 3 0.281
PHI_1991 283 0 79 197 7 0.279
CLE_1990 337 1 94 235 7 0.279
COL_1994 223 0 62 154 7 0.278
NYA_1993 425 0 118 300 7 0.278
NYA_1996 407 0 113 290 4 0.278
TOR_1992 299 0 83 211 5 0.278
CIN_1998 310 2 86 219 3 0.277
DET_1992 340 0 94 243 3 0.276
TOR_1991 268 0 74 190 4 0.276
LAN_1998 279 3 77 197 2 0.276
KCA_1994 214 1 59 147 7 0.276
BAL_1990 341 1 94 239 7 0.276
ATL_1991 294 1 81 206 6 0.276
SEA_1998 305 0 84 216 5 0.275
MIL_1999 356 0 98 253 5 0.275
MIL_1997 287 0 79 200 8 0.275
SFN_1995 262 2 72 185 3 0.275
BOS_1998 335 0 92 240 3 0.275
PHI_1997 266 0 73 188 5 0.274
NYA_1990 285 1 78 203 3 0.274
CHA_1997 355 1 97 251 6 0.273
SFN_1998 370 0 101 262 7 0.273
BAL_1999 345 0 94 247 4 0.272
SDN_1990 301 1 82 213 5 0.272
MON_1991 268 1 73 188 6 0.272
SLN_1994 195 0 53 141 1 0.272
MIL_1992 324 0 88 231 5 0.272
SLN_1993 350 0 95 248 7 0.271
MIL_1998 347 0 94 250 3 0.271
BAL_1993 348 0 94 250 4 0.270
PHI_1998 308 0 83 216 9 0.269
NYN_1997 334 2 90 239 3 0.269
BOS_1999 338 0 91 241 6 0.269
SLN_1990 275 1 74 199 1 0.269
MIN_1990 320 0 86 228 6 0.269
PIT_1999 272 2 73 193 4 0.268
SEA_1996 354 0 95 253 6 0.268
LAN_1999 297 0 79 216 2 0.266
ATL_1990 282 0 75 202 5 0.266
CHA_1998 305 3 81 215 6 0.266
SLN_1996 317 1 84 226 6 0.265
SFN_1993 337 0 89 238 10 0.264
SFN_1991 273 0 72 196 5 0.264
PIT_1993 338 1 89 241 7 0.263
NYN_1991 266 1 70 191 4 0.263
MIN_1993 324 4 85 232 3 0.262
PIT_1998 286 2 75 205 4 0.262
BOS_1997 344 0 90 251 3 0.262
SEA_1994 200 2 52 144 2 0.260
SLN_1995 250 0 65 181 4 0.260
CLE_1999 385 1 100 283 1 0.260
CHN_1999 316 0 82 227 7 0.259
MON_1994 243 0 63 176 4 0.259
BAL_1998 328 0 85 242 1 0.259
SEA_1995 301 0 78 215 8 0.259
PIT_1994 217 0 56 157 4 0.258
ATL_1996 318 0 82 233 3 0.258
HOU_1997 287 1 74 203 9 0.258
SDN_1993 284 0 73 208 3 0.257
HOU_1993 296 1 76 214 5 0.257
SLN_1998 247 0 63 184 NA 0.255
MIN_1997 334 0 85 244 5 0.254
CIN_1995 236 0 60 171 5 0.254
PHI_1996 299 0 76 215 8 0.254
NYA_1999 363 1 92 267 3 0.253
HOU_1991 300 0 76 218 6 0.253
COL_1996 348 1 88 253 6 0.253
PHI_1992 297 0 75 219 3 0.253
LAN_1992 286 0 72 210 4 0.252
HOU_1996 314 0 79 229 6 0.252
SEA_1999 307 1 77 224 5 0.251
SLN_1999 319 0 80 232 7 0.251
FLO_1996 324 0 81 240 3 0.250
MON_1998 248 0 62 184 2 0.250
PIT_1992 293 0 73 212 8 0.249
PIT_1996 289 1 72 212 4 0.249
HOU_1994 209 0 52 150 7 0.249
HOU_1990 290 1 72 211 6 0.248
MON_1997 242 2 60 175 5 0.248
SEA_1992 313 0 77 233 3 0.246
LAN_1997 301 1 74 219 7 0.246
FLO_1994 212 2 52 153 5 0.245
FLO_1995 282 1 69 209 3 0.245
FLO_1993 311 0 76 227 8 0.244
PHI_1999 314 0 76 236 2 0.242
TOR_1995 269 0 65 200 4 0.242
KCA_1997 341 1 82 253 5 0.240
PHI_1993 356 1 85 264 6 0.239
FLO_1997 309 0 73 232 4 0.236
CLE_1997 340 0 80 257 3 0.235
SFN_1996 308 0 72 232 4 0.234
NYA_1994 257 0 60 190 7 0.233
MON_1996 292 0 68 218 6 0.233
MON_1995 246 0 57 180 9 0.232
PHI_1995 310 1 71 228 10 0.229
SDN_1994 233 0 53 180 NA 0.227
SFN_1999 324 0 73 245 6 0.225
NYA_1997 402 1 90 307 4 0.224
SEA_1990 336 1 75 258 2 0.223
PIT_1997 299 1 65 227 6 0.217
LAN_1993 319 2 69 241 7 0.216
SDN_1992 274 0 59 211 4 0.215
TOR_1997 250 0 52 196 2 0.208
BOS_1991 350 1 72 271 6 0.206
CIN_1993 327 0 64 257 6 0.196
NYN_1998 297 0 58 234 5 0.195

1990’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Angels 3173 20 1054 2034 65 0.332
Rangers 3219 4 1039 2143 33 0.323
Tigers 2942 10 940 1940 52 0.320
Twins 3354 10 1052 2225 67 0.314
Indians 3320 7 1031 2233 49 0.311
Cubs 2929 6 902 1972 49 0.308
Athletics 3079 8 945 2087 39 0.307
Royals 3069 15 933 2060 61 0.304
Devil Rays 682 0 206 463 13 0.302
Diamondbacks 591 2 178 402 9 0.301
Orioles 3192 4 961 2175 52 0.301
White Sox 3191 8 960 2183 40 0.301
Brewers 3215 6 946 2207 56 0.294
Rockies 2149 7 625 1474 43 0.291
Mets 2915 8 847 2005 55 0.291
Braves 2863 7 831 1972 53 0.290
Reds 2742 5 789 1909 39 0.288
Dodgers 3004 14 859 2077 54 0.286
Red Sox 3306 2 933 2322 49 0.282
Blue Jays 2770 5 781 1943 41 0.282
Padres 2927 3 822 2059 43 0.281
Giants 2999 2 834 2112 51 0.278
Yankees 3499 5 967 2483 44 0.276
Astros 2983 6 823 2099 55 0.276
Expos 2656 12 728 1863 53 0.274
Cardinals 2825 2 770 2020 33 0.273
Pirates 2837 9 773 2002 53 0.272
Mariners 3017 5 817 2149 46 0.271
Phillies 3020 4 808 2146 62 0.268
Marlins 2039 5 535 1468 31 0.262

The Rockies outpaced the Angels in first-third percentage from 2000-2009, advancing to third on 32.0% of clean singles. Colorado’s risk-takers encompassed Juan Pierre (55%), Jeff Cirillo (53.3%), Jay Payton (42.6%) and Matt Holliday (40.9%).

Minnesota made two appearances in the top 20 and finished in third place for the decade. Torii Hunter amassed a 46.5% Pct1st3rd over twelve seasons for the Twins. Cristian Guzman (42.1%) and Jason Bartlett (41.7%) stand out among the Minnesota baserunners from this era.

Boston descended to the bottom of the base-advancement charts for the first decade of the 21st Century. David “Big Papi” Ortiz maintains a 13% advance rate throughout his Red Sox career. Bill Mueller (.178) yielded a 1-for-30 effort in 2004 and joins Ortiz on the below-20% club along with teammates Doug Mirabelli (.063), Julio Lugo (.119), Jason Varitek (.122), Mark Bellhorn (.174), Mike Lowell (.191), Manny Ramirez (.192) and Brian Daubach (.198).

Distribution_Pct1st3rd_2000s

2000’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
COL_2000 369 3 145 215 6 0.393
MIN_2001 294 2 109 176 7 0.371
COL_2001 303 0 112 186 5 0.370
COL_2002 300 0 110 186 4 0.367
PIT_2001 235 0 85 149 1 0.362
ANA_2006 321 1 113 203 4 0.352
ARI_2000 313 0 109 203 1 0.348
SLN_2001 285 0 99 177 9 0.347
COL_2004 293 1 99 190 3 0.338
ANA_2007 354 0 119 225 10 0.336
SLN_2004 319 0 106 207 6 0.332
KCA_2002 290 0 96 190 4 0.331
COL_2003 287 0 95 189 3 0.331
CIN_2002 258 0 84 168 6 0.326
MIN_2007 323 0 105 214 4 0.325
MON_2000 263 0 85 172 6 0.323
ANA_2008 308 0 99 206 3 0.321
NYA_2002 346 0 111 227 8 0.321
MIL_2000 278 0 89 185 4 0.320
ANA_2009 353 0 113 234 6 0.320
CHA_2005 301 1 96 202 2 0.319
ARI_2004 287 0 91 195 1 0.317
CHN_2004 283 0 89 188 6 0.314
ATL_2001 277 0 87 183 7 0.314
ANA_2001 306 0 96 207 3 0.314
BAL_2000 297 0 93 202 2 0.313
BAL_2001 297 1 93 199 4 0.313
MIN_2003 317 0 99 214 4 0.312
MIN_2000 330 0 103 223 4 0.312
SDN_2007 273 0 85 184 4 0.311
KCA_2007 299 1 93 200 5 0.311
DET_2000 348 0 108 239 1 0.310
TEX_2004 287 2 89 195 1 0.310
KCA_2000 396 1 122 270 3 0.308
PHI_2006 302 1 93 205 3 0.308
ANA_2003 326 0 100 222 4 0.307
DET_2002 271 1 83 179 8 0.306
COL_2008 288 0 88 197 3 0.306
ANA_2000 302 2 92 204 4 0.305
SLN_2002 319 1 97 217 4 0.304
CHA_2000 340 2 103 230 5 0.303
MON_2002 268 1 81 182 4 0.302
NYN_2003 289 0 87 194 8 0.301
SLN_2006 313 0 94 211 8 0.300
SDN_2000 274 0 82 188 4 0.299
TEX_2008 338 1 101 232 4 0.299
TBA_2005 298 1 89 205 3 0.299
SLN_2000 316 0 94 216 6 0.297
KCA_2008 343 1 102 236 4 0.297
MIN_2008 343 1 102 235 5 0.297
SEA_2001 385 1 114 262 8 0.296
NYN_2009 331 0 98 227 6 0.296
MIN_2004 285 0 84 196 5 0.295
COL_2009 252 0 74 169 9 0.294
NYA_2009 334 0 98 232 4 0.293
FLO_2000 273 0 80 189 4 0.293
CHA_2007 267 0 78 186 3 0.292
CLE_2003 291 1 85 196 9 0.292
ATL_2003 346 0 101 243 2 0.292
NYA_2005 371 2 108 256 5 0.291
OAK_2003 282 0 82 197 3 0.291
WAS_2006 272 2 79 184 7 0.290
CHN_2005 298 0 86 209 3 0.289
NYN_2005 271 2 78 186 5 0.288
PHI_2004 311 2 89 213 7 0.286
SLN_2007 364 1 104 255 4 0.286
ANA_2005 323 0 92 228 3 0.285
CHN_2006 295 0 84 208 3 0.285
CHA_2004 288 2 82 203 1 0.285
WAS_2005 296 0 84 206 6 0.284
SEA_2000 286 1 81 201 3 0.283
TBA_2009 287 1 81 204 1 0.282
KCA_2003 365 2 103 257 3 0.282
MIN_2006 362 0 102 253 7 0.282
NYA_2007 362 1 102 256 3 0.282
TBA_2008 284 0 80 200 4 0.282
ANA_2004 367 0 103 254 10 0.281
NYN_2006 253 0 71 178 4 0.281
TEX_2000 360 1 101 255 3 0.281
HOU_2006 282 0 79 202 1 0.280
NYN_2001 300 1 84 210 5 0.280
ATL_2000 304 0 85 210 9 0.280
LAN_2002 304 0 85 212 7 0.280
TBA_2007 319 0 89 227 3 0.279
PHI_2002 276 1 77 195 3 0.279
LAN_2008 291 1 81 206 3 0.278
PIT_2004 284 1 79 199 5 0.278
LAN_2004 295 1 82 210 2 0.278
CIN_2003 263 0 73 187 3 0.278
LAN_2009 339 0 94 241 4 0.277
PHI_2001 303 1 84 217 1 0.277
SDN_2004 361 0 100 255 6 0.277
CIN_2001 289 0 80 205 4 0.277
CIN_2009 264 1 73 185 5 0.277
KCA_2006 326 1 90 231 4 0.276
ARI_2007 261 0 72 185 4 0.276
OAK_2007 319 1 88 225 5 0.276
BAL_2003 341 0 94 246 1 0.276
LAN_2000 302 0 83 218 1 0.275
BAL_2002 244 0 67 173 4 0.275
SDN_2002 303 0 83 216 4 0.274
OAK_2005 325 0 89 236 NA 0.274
ARI_2002 318 1 87 225 5 0.274
TOR_2006 340 0 93 245 2 0.274
CLE_2000 363 0 99 260 4 0.273
DET_2006 323 0 88 232 3 0.272
NYN_2000 312 1 85 220 6 0.272
SLN_2009 305 0 83 217 5 0.272
MIN_2002 298 0 81 211 6 0.272
PIT_2002 269 0 73 192 4 0.271
KCA_2005 317 0 86 228 3 0.271
COL_2007 354 2 96 251 5 0.271
TBA_2001 273 0 74 197 2 0.271
ATL_2002 277 0 75 201 1 0.271
SEA_2002 344 1 93 245 5 0.270
CHA_2009 304 0 82 217 5 0.270
SLN_2003 330 0 89 236 5 0.270
BAL_2004 364 0 98 259 7 0.269
ARI_2001 301 1 81 216 3 0.269
ARI_2008 242 0 65 175 2 0.269
CHN_2000 306 0 82 221 3 0.268
CIN_2004 273 0 73 198 2 0.267
CLE_2007 333 1 89 239 4 0.267
TEX_2007 292 0 78 214 NA 0.267
PHI_2008 270 1 72 195 2 0.267
COL_2006 301 0 80 215 6 0.266
PHI_2009 271 1 72 198 NA 0.266
MIN_2009 320 1 85 229 5 0.266
HOU_2001 279 1 74 202 2 0.265
MIL_2001 268 1 71 193 3 0.265
NYA_2008 321 0 85 233 3 0.265
FLO_2003 295 0 78 213 4 0.264
LAN_2006 326 0 86 234 6 0.264
NYN_2002 292 0 77 209 6 0.264
DET_2004 311 2 82 222 5 0.264
SFN_2005 300 2 79 216 3 0.263
ANA_2002 380 1 100 275 4 0.263
NYA_2003 339 2 89 244 4 0.263
SFN_2008 313 1 82 223 7 0.262
FLO_2004 283 1 74 202 6 0.261
CHA_2008 284 1 74 207 2 0.261
KCA_2001 311 0 81 227 3 0.260
CHA_2002 292 1 76 214 1 0.260
SDN_2008 327 0 85 238 4 0.260
PIT_2008 308 0 80 224 4 0.260
SDN_2006 285 0 74 207 4 0.260
BAL_2005 297 0 77 219 1 0.259
MIL_2006 270 0 70 192 8 0.259
TBA_2002 317 0 82 228 7 0.259
CIN_2006 275 1 71 200 3 0.258
SEA_2004 368 0 95 269 4 0.258
ATL_2007 345 0 89 253 3 0.258
CLE_2004 318 0 82 229 7 0.258
NYA_2004 318 0 82 230 6 0.258
MIL_2005 280 0 72 202 6 0.257
CHN_2001 319 1 82 229 7 0.257
TOR_2005 335 1 86 242 6 0.257
CLE_2001 324 1 83 232 8 0.256
CIN_2008 254 0 65 187 2 0.256
ATL_2005 262 0 67 193 2 0.256
CIN_2007 290 1 74 210 5 0.255
SFN_2001 294 1 75 215 3 0.255
COL_2005 314 0 80 228 6 0.255
TEX_2005 268 0 68 196 4 0.254
CIN_2005 272 0 69 203 NA 0.254
LAN_2007 364 1 92 267 4 0.253
SLN_2008 368 0 93 268 7 0.253
SDN_2005 305 0 77 222 6 0.252
TBA_2006 246 2 62 178 4 0.252
BAL_2009 330 2 83 240 5 0.252
DET_2007 358 2 90 261 5 0.251
LAN_2001 251 0 63 183 5 0.251
TEX_2003 295 1 74 217 3 0.251
CLE_2008 323 2 81 236 4 0.251
HOU_2000 327 0 82 239 6 0.251
MIL_2002 276 2 69 195 10 0.250
BOS_2003 340 1 85 251 3 0.250
SLN_2005 325 0 81 239 5 0.249
TOR_2002 338 2 84 247 5 0.249
OAK_2000 334 0 83 247 4 0.249
SDN_2001 302 1 75 224 2 0.248
CLE_2002 294 0 73 220 1 0.248
HOU_2003 311 0 77 224 10 0.248
TOR_2009 307 0 76 229 2 0.248
ARI_2009 267 0 66 199 2 0.247
DET_2003 259 2 64 188 5 0.247
TOR_2004 332 1 82 249 NA 0.247
SFN_2000 345 1 85 253 6 0.246
KCA_2004 313 0 77 234 2 0.246
SEA_2003 350 3 86 260 1 0.246
SFN_2009 289 0 71 218 NA 0.246
TBA_2000 302 3 74 221 4 0.245
SFN_2007 302 2 74 223 3 0.245
ARI_2005 294 0 72 220 2 0.245
HOU_2005 286 0 70 214 2 0.245
HOU_2004 323 0 79 237 7 0.245
TEX_2001 319 1 78 235 5 0.245
PIT_2000 299 0 73 219 7 0.244
ATL_2006 299 0 73 222 4 0.244
SDN_2003 321 0 78 242 1 0.243
OAK_2009 317 2 77 236 2 0.243
HOU_2002 313 2 76 232 3 0.243
CHA_2001 256 0 62 192 2 0.242
ATL_2009 314 0 76 235 3 0.242
CHN_2003 277 0 67 204 6 0.242
CLE_2009 306 1 74 228 3 0.242
BAL_2006 373 1 90 278 4 0.241
MON_2003 282 2 68 210 2 0.241
WAS_2007 278 0 67 209 2 0.241
TOR_2003 324 1 78 242 3 0.241
TBA_2003 308 0 74 229 5 0.240
MON_2004 267 1 64 199 3 0.240
TOR_2000 334 0 80 249 5 0.240
DET_2009 327 1 78 246 2 0.239
BAL_2008 302 0 72 225 5 0.238
CHN_2009 302 0 72 227 3 0.238
ATL_2008 336 1 80 254 1 0.238
SEA_2006 329 3 78 241 7 0.237
BOS_2002 346 1 82 259 4 0.237
NYA_2000 359 1 85 267 6 0.237
OAK_2001 321 1 76 239 5 0.237
MIL_2007 245 0 58 183 4 0.237
CHN_2008 347 0 82 262 3 0.236
FLO_2002 250 1 59 185 5 0.236
SFN_2003 318 0 75 237 6 0.236
NYN_2007 293 2 69 218 4 0.235
CIN_2000 323 0 76 242 5 0.235
PIT_2003 315 1 74 236 4 0.235
WAS_2009 298 1 70 224 3 0.235
PHI_2007 311 0 73 234 4 0.235
ARI_2006 324 2 76 241 5 0.235
ARI_2003 320 0 75 242 3 0.234
CHN_2002 279 3 65 207 4 0.233
OAK_2002 322 1 75 244 2 0.233
LAN_2003 275 0 64 206 5 0.233
HOU_2008 275 0 64 209 2 0.233
FLO_2005 331 0 77 251 3 0.233
FLO_2006 272 2 63 205 2 0.232
PIT_2005 329 2 76 246 5 0.231
BAL_2007 329 0 76 249 4 0.231
NYA_2006 365 1 84 277 3 0.230
PHI_2000 287 0 66 215 6 0.230
TEX_2002 296 0 68 223 5 0.230
TBA_2004 292 1 67 215 9 0.229
SEA_2007 371 0 85 283 3 0.229
SEA_2008 323 0 74 244 5 0.229
LAN_2005 310 0 71 232 7 0.229
BOS_2009 306 0 70 234 2 0.229
NYN_2008 315 1 72 242 NA 0.229
HOU_2009 280 1 64 213 2 0.229
KCA_2009 302 0 69 228 5 0.228
BOS_2000 324 0 74 246 4 0.228
OAK_2006 338 1 77 257 3 0.228
DET_2005 325 0 74 247 4 0.228
CLE_2005 286 0 65 216 5 0.227
FLO_2008 273 0 62 209 2 0.227
PHI_2005 345 1 78 259 7 0.226
OAK_2004 332 0 75 253 4 0.226
PIT_2006 332 0 75 253 4 0.226
SFN_2006 294 0 66 223 5 0.224
SEA_2005 275 0 61 213 1 0.222
CHA_2006 334 0 74 257 3 0.222
NYA_2001 280 1 62 213 4 0.221
FLO_2009 330 1 73 252 4 0.221
SFN_2002 299 1 66 226 6 0.221
CLE_2006 349 0 77 267 5 0.221
MIL_2003 279 0 61 210 8 0.219
TEX_2006 314 0 68 243 3 0.217
MON_2001 259 0 56 200 3 0.216
SDN_2009 287 0 62 221 4 0.216
PIT_2009 288 1 62 221 4 0.215
NYN_2004 242 0 52 186 4 0.215
BOS_2001 326 1 70 248 7 0.215
CHN_2007 322 0 69 248 5 0.214
DET_2008 327 2 70 253 2 0.214
BOS_2004 346 3 74 267 2 0.214
PHI_2003 328 0 70 249 9 0.213
TOR_2008 314 1 67 241 5 0.213
PIT_2007 291 1 62 226 2 0.213
BOS_2006 349 0 74 271 4 0.212
HOU_2007 312 1 66 243 2 0.212
MIN_2005 322 1 68 246 7 0.211
MIL_2004 257 1 54 201 1 0.210
ATL_2004 306 1 64 238 3 0.209
CHA_2003 273 1 57 213 2 0.209
FLO_2001 283 1 59 220 3 0.208
SEA_2009 294 0 61 229 4 0.207
TEX_2009 256 0 53 200 3 0.207
BOS_2007 359 1 74 281 3 0.206
BOS_2008 318 0 65 251 2 0.204
DET_2001 271 1 55 207 8 0.203
BOS_2005 388 1 78 306 3 0.201
MIL_2008 234 1 47 182 4 0.201
TOR_2007 299 1 60 233 5 0.201
FLO_2007 276 0 55 216 5 0.199
MIL_2009 325 0 64 257 4 0.197
TOR_2001 284 4 54 224 2 0.190
SFN_2004 337 2 64 267 4 0.190
WAS_2008 302 0 56 242 4 0.185
OAK_2008 292 0 53 235 4 0.182

2000’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Rockies 3061 6 979 2026 50 0.320
Angels 3340 4 1027 2258 51 0.307
Twins 3194 5 938 2197 54 0.294
Cardinals 3244 2 940 2243 59 0.290
Royals 3262 6 919 2301 36 0.282
Diamondbacks 2927 4 794 2101 28 0.271
Reds 2761 3 738 1985 35 0.267
Yankees 3395 8 906 2435 46 0.267
White Sox 2939 8 784 2121 26 0.267
Mets 2898 7 773 2070 48 0.267
Orioles 3174 4 843 2290 37 0.266
Devil Rays 2926 8 772 2104 42 0.264
Padres 3038 1 801 2197 39 0.264
Dodgers 3057 3 801 2209 44 0.262
Braves 3066 2 797 2232 35 0.260
Phillies 3004 8 774 2180 42 0.258
Rangers 3025 6 778 2210 31 0.257
Cubs 3028 4 778 2203 43 0.257
Nationals 2785 7 710 2028 40 0.255
Tigers 3120 11 792 2274 43 0.254
Indians 3187 6 808 2323 50 0.254
Pirates 2950 6 739 2165 40 0.251
Mariners 3325 9 828 2447 41 0.249
Astros 2988 5 731 2215 37 0.245
Athletics 3182 6 775 2369 32 0.244
Brewers 2712 5 655 2000 52 0.242
Giants 3091 10 737 2301 43 0.238
Marlins 2866 6 680 2142 38 0.237
Blue Jays 3207 11 760 2401 35 0.237
Red Sox 3402 8 746 2614 34 0.219

The Angels compiled a Major League-best 34% Pct1st3rd from 2010-2015 and placed in the top 20 for first-third percentage (based on decade) in each of the last 10 seasons. Mike Scioscia’s team baserunning philosophy is consistently mastered as the Halos rate in the 31% to 36% range for Pct1st3rd on an annual basis. Mike Trout boasts a .539 mark entering the 2016 campaign. Chone Figgins advanced from first to third base 51.1% of the time in his 7+ seasons with the Halos. Other Angels excelling on the base paths during this timeframe include Reggie Willits (.469), Torii Hunter (.445), Erick Aybar (.436) and Kole Calhoun (.403).

Brett Lawrie (51.9%), Jose Bautista (47.1%) and Edwin Encarnacion (41.9%) lifted the 2012 Blue Jays to a runner-up finish in the single-season Pct1st3rd standings for the current decade. Part-time outfielders Anthony Gose, Moises Sierra, Rajai Davis and Eric Thames enhanced Toronto’s totals with a combined 20-for-30 (66.7%) effort.

Colorado posted three seasons in the top 20 for the 2010’s (2012, 2013 and 2015). In six years with the Rockies, center fielder Dexter Fowler advanced from first to third base in 59.7% of his opportunities. “Daddy Long Legs” tops the Pct1st3rd leader boards at 58% (minimum 150 chances).

Detroit trails the Major Leagues in Pct1st3rd for the first half of the current decade at 22.5%. Victor Martinez enters the 2016 season with a career Pct1st3rd of .085 for the Tigers, counting a 1-for-44 effort in 2014 followed by a 1-for-20 in the subsequent year. Nick Castellanos advanced only 3 times in 45 opportunities (.067). Don Kelly (11.3%), Jhonny Peralta (13.3%), Alex Avila (14.0%), Prince Fielder (17.4%), Andy Dirks (17.6%), Magglio Ordonez (17.8%) and Brennan Boesch (19.4%) consistently prefer to take their bases one at a time.

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2010’s Baserunning Team Totals (Single-Season), First to Third Percentage*

teamYearID 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
ANA_2012 331 2 119 203 7 0.360
TOR_2012 251 0 89 157 5 0.355
ANA_2011 228 0 80 143 5 0.351
COL_2012 298 1 102 189 6 0.342
ANA_2014 311 2 106 199 4 0.341
ANA_2010 271 1 92 172 6 0.339
TBA_2010 272 0 91 177 4 0.335
TEX_2015 308 0 102 199 7 0.331
ANA_2013 312 1 103 200 8 0.330
TEX_2010 362 0 119 238 5 0.329
CHN_2015 274 0 90 177 7 0.328
ATL_2011 276 0 90 183 3 0.326
CHN_2012 237 0 76 159 2 0.321
SEA_2014 269 1 86 174 8 0.320
COL_2013 317 1 100 211 5 0.315
COL_2015 286 0 90 194 2 0.315
ANA_2015 261 0 82 173 6 0.314
MIN_2014 309 2 96 207 4 0.311
HOU_2013 237 0 73 158 6 0.308
WAS_2014 286 1 88 191 6 0.308
WAS_2011 277 0 85 190 2 0.307
HOU_2015 239 2 73 159 5 0.305
COL_2010 321 0 98 216 7 0.305
BAL_2011 283 0 86 193 4 0.304
SEA_2011 260 0 79 178 3 0.304
CIN_2010 321 2 97 212 10 0.302
PIT_2012 252 1 76 171 4 0.302
MIN_2011 296 2 89 204 1 0.301
SLN_2013 366 0 110 253 3 0.301
BOS_2012 262 0 78 180 4 0.298
SEA_2012 279 0 83 192 4 0.297
TOR_2011 256 0 76 175 5 0.297
COL_2011 307 3 91 211 2 0.296
SLN_2011 362 0 107 247 8 0.296
BOS_2014 313 2 92 217 2 0.294
NYN_2010 253 0 74 175 4 0.292
LAN_2010 308 1 90 208 9 0.292
SFN_2011 257 0 75 180 2 0.292
CLE_2013 292 0 85 203 4 0.291
NYN_2013 255 2 74 173 6 0.290
TBA_2014 315 1 91 218 5 0.289
SDN_2011 257 0 74 179 4 0.288
TBA_2011 247 0 71 174 2 0.287
TOR_2014 286 2 82 202 NA 0.287
CLE_2014 290 1 83 203 3 0.286
PHI_2013 273 1 78 190 4 0.286
KCA_2015 308 1 88 215 4 0.286
CIN_2012 260 0 74 182 4 0.285
SEA_2013 257 0 73 180 4 0.284
TEX_2013 317 2 90 219 6 0.284
OAK_2010 289 0 82 200 7 0.284
KCA_2013 311 1 88 220 2 0.283
MIL_2014 223 2 63 153 5 0.283
WAS_2013 262 0 74 182 6 0.282
KCA_2012 305 1 86 213 5 0.282
CHN_2013 235 0 66 167 2 0.281
CIN_2011 292 1 82 207 2 0.281
SLN_2012 328 0 92 230 6 0.280
ATL_2012 264 1 74 182 7 0.280
TOR_2013 264 1 74 186 3 0.280
LAN_2011 322 2 90 229 1 0.280
PHI_2011 319 0 89 227 3 0.279
SLN_2010 341 0 95 242 4 0.279
FLO_2011 259 1 72 185 1 0.278
SDN_2015 267 0 74 184 9 0.277
HOU_2012 235 0 65 166 4 0.277
MIN_2012 301 0 83 215 3 0.276
MIL_2015 277 0 76 199 2 0.274
CIN_2014 239 1 65 170 3 0.272
TEX_2011 298 1 81 214 2 0.272
CHA_2010 287 0 78 204 5 0.272
MIN_2013 269 1 73 190 5 0.271
ARI_2015 317 1 86 229 1 0.271
BAL_2012 251 1 68 180 2 0.271
NYN_2014 263 1 71 187 4 0.270
SEA_2010 287 1 77 203 6 0.268
CHA_2012 276 1 74 198 3 0.268
PHI_2010 321 0 86 233 2 0.268
MIA_2014 318 1 85 229 3 0.267
ARI_2014 282 1 75 203 3 0.266
NYA_2012 275 0 73 199 3 0.265
ARI_2011 249 0 66 175 8 0.265
OAK_2015 291 0 77 210 4 0.265
DET_2014 329 1 87 239 2 0.264
MIN_2010 322 0 85 233 4 0.264
CHA_2011 288 1 76 207 4 0.264
CLE_2012 319 0 84 233 2 0.263
FLO_2010 308 0 81 225 2 0.263
SFN_2014 320 0 84 231 5 0.263
SDN_2014 252 1 66 181 4 0.262
PIT_2014 303 0 79 220 4 0.261
COL_2014 303 4 79 218 2 0.261
TEX_2012 284 2 74 206 2 0.261
SEA_2015 261 1 68 187 5 0.261
MIA_2012 265 1 69 188 7 0.260
SDN_2012 262 0 68 190 4 0.260
PIT_2015 313 2 81 228 2 0.259
OAK_2014 317 1 82 229 5 0.259
CIN_2013 275 0 71 197 7 0.258
BAL_2015 275 1 71 199 4 0.258
DET_2010 345 0 89 255 1 0.258
OAK_2013 276 0 71 203 2 0.257
BOS_2011 346 1 89 248 8 0.257
SFN_2013 331 1 85 242 3 0.257
KCA_2010 372 0 95 273 4 0.255
SFN_2010 290 0 74 212 4 0.255
BOS_2013 330 0 84 243 3 0.255
TOR_2015 303 1 77 220 5 0.254
CHA_2014 281 0 71 207 3 0.253
MIA_2015 297 1 75 216 5 0.253
WAS_2012 270 1 68 199 2 0.252
ARI_2012 278 0 70 204 4 0.252
CLE_2011 306 1 77 222 6 0.252
ATL_2010 330 2 83 241 4 0.252
PIT_2011 259 0 65 187 7 0.251
NYA_2010 323 1 81 236 5 0.251
PHI_2012 296 0 74 219 3 0.250
OAK_2012 236 2 59 171 4 0.250
BOS_2015 312 3 78 222 9 0.250
NYN_2012 277 0 69 204 4 0.249
MIA_2013 277 2 69 204 2 0.249
KCA_2011 303 0 75 224 4 0.248
ATL_2015 297 0 73 223 1 0.246
LAN_2014 310 0 76 230 4 0.245
SLN_2014 302 0 74 222 6 0.245
NYN_2011 343 0 84 256 3 0.245
BOS_2010 266 0 65 198 3 0.244
TBA_2012 254 0 62 184 8 0.244
WAS_2015 287 1 70 213 3 0.244
SLN_2015 296 0 72 220 4 0.243
CHN_2011 276 1 67 204 4 0.243
MIL_2011 264 1 64 195 4 0.242
PIT_2013 256 0 62 189 5 0.242
ATL_2014 290 3 70 214 3 0.241
CLE_2015 274 0 66 206 2 0.241
TBA_2013 295 1 71 220 3 0.241
SFN_2015 308 0 74 233 1 0.240
TEX_2014 296 1 71 223 1 0.240
NYN_2015 278 1 66 208 3 0.237
LAN_2012 308 1 73 229 5 0.237
LAN_2015 287 0 68 213 6 0.237
CHN_2010 267 1 63 200 3 0.236
HOU_2014 268 2 63 201 2 0.235
NYA_2015 307 0 72 230 5 0.235
SFN_2012 325 1 76 243 5 0.234
SDN_2013 288 0 67 218 3 0.233
MIN_2015 271 3 63 198 7 0.232
TOR_2010 211 0 49 158 4 0.232
NYA_2011 281 0 65 214 2 0.231
CHA_2013 291 0 67 222 2 0.230
MIL_2013 274 0 63 207 4 0.230
ATL_2013 283 0 65 213 5 0.230
BAL_2013 289 1 66 219 3 0.228
KCA_2014 316 2 72 232 10 0.228
ARI_2013 325 1 74 248 2 0.228
BAL_2010 291 2 66 221 2 0.227
PHI_2015 265 1 60 199 5 0.226
OAK_2011 283 0 64 216 3 0.226
CHA_2015 301 0 68 227 6 0.226
BAL_2014 308 0 69 238 1 0.224
PHI_2014 270 1 60 206 3 0.222
LAN_2013 294 0 65 222 7 0.221
NYA_2013 269 0 59 205 5 0.219
PIT_2010 255 0 55 198 2 0.216
DET_2011 364 0 78 282 4 0.214
HOU_2010 268 0 57 207 4 0.213
CHN_2014 240 0 51 186 3 0.213
DET_2012 326 0 68 251 7 0.209
NYA_2014 285 0 59 225 1 0.207
DET_2013 416 1 85 326 4 0.204
TBA_2015 294 1 60 229 4 0.204
MIL_2012 237 1 48 186 2 0.203
CIN_2015 287 0 58 228 1 0.202
DET_2015 312 0 63 240 9 0.202
ARI_2010 250 0 50 193 7 0.200
CLE_2010 280 0 55 222 3 0.196
WAS_2010 283 0 54 226 3 0.191
SDN_2010 267 0 49 212 6 0.184
MIL_2010 315 1 56 250 8 0.178
HOU_2011 285 0 49 231 5 0.172

2010’s Baserunning Team Totals (Decade), First to Third Percentage*

Team 1B_BR_Opps 1st-Home 1st-3rd 1st-2nd BR_Outs Pct1st3rd
Angels 1714 6 582 1090 36 0.340
Rockies 1832 9 560 1239 24 0.306
Mariners 1613 3 466 1114 30 0.289
Rangers 1865 6 537 1299 23 0.288
Blue Jays 1571 4 447 1098 22 0.285
Twins 1768 8 489 1247 24 0.277
Cardinals 1995 0 550 1414 31 0.276
Cubs 1529 2 413 1093 21 0.270
Reds 1674 4 447 1196 27 0.267
Rays 1677 3 446 1202 26 0.266
Red Sox 1829 6 486 1308 29 0.266
Nationals 1665 3 439 1201 22 0.264
Royals 1915 5 504 1377 29 0.263
Mets 1669 4 438 1203 24 0.262
Marlins 1724 6 451 1247 20 0.262
Braves 1740 6 455 1256 23 0.261
Athletics 1692 3 435 1229 25 0.257
Phillies 1744 3 447 1274 20 0.256
Giants 1831 2 468 1341 20 0.256
Indians 1761 2 450 1289 20 0.256
Pirates 1638 3 418 1193 24 0.255
Dodgers 1829 4 462 1331 32 0.253
White Sox 1724 2 434 1265 23 0.252
Orioles 1697 5 426 1250 16 0.251
Padres 1593 1 398 1164 30 0.250
Astros 1532 4 380 1122 26 0.248
Diamondbacks 1701 3 421 1252 25 0.248
Yankees 1740 1 409 1309 21 0.235
Brewers 1590 5 370 1190 25 0.233
Tigers 2092 2 470 1593 27 0.225

Further Reading

Dewan, John. Chase Utley: Best Baserunner in MLB. October 12, 2011.

Eastham, Cliff. Top 10 Base Runners in MLB Since 1954. August 12, 2009.

Lichtman, Mitchel. Ultimate Base Running Primer. May 24, 2011.

Neyer, Rob. MLB’s Best (And Worst) Baserunners. May 24, 2011.

Is Willie Wilson baseball’s best baserunner ever?. May 9, 2014.

References and Resources

Albert, Jim and Max Marchi. Analyzing Baseball Data with R. Boca Raton, FL.: CRC Press, 2014. Print.

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DiGiovanna, Mike. “Efficient Offense Is a Steal”. Los Angeles Times. 20 April 2004. Web. 31 March 2016. <http://articles.latimes.com/2004/apr/20/sports/sp-angrep20>

DiGiovanna, Mike. “They’re Not Timid Angels on Basepaths These Days”. Los Angeles Times. 21 August 1995. Web. 1 April 2016. <http://articles.latimes.com/1995-08-21/sports/sp-37354_1_home-run>

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