Thursday, February 29, 2024

Newsletter Excerpt, February 29, 2024 -- "The New Rules, Reprised: Basestealing"

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We can see the impact of these changes in one small table:

         SB    CS  
2022   2486   811
2023   3503   866

Diff  +1017   +55

The new rules helped add more than a thousand steals at a 96% success rate. Those aren’t really stolen bases, those are buy-one-get-one-free bases.