I have penned a guest article for Baseball Prospectus, detailing the effect Davey Lopes has had on the Phillies’ feats on the base paths.
The Phillies have won the NL East in each of the last three seasons. They won it all in 2008 and were two wins away from repeating in ’09. Aside from their ability to mash the baseball, the Phillies have been known as one of the most aggressive and efficient base-running teams in all of baseball, thanks in large part to the hiring of first base coach Davey Lopes prior to the ’07 season. It is common knowledge that Lopes, a prolific base-stealer in his playing days (557 bags in 671 attempts, 83 percent), has helped the Phillies’ baserunning by lending his wisdom to the players. For fun, we will test that theory to see how accurate it truly is.
It has been pointed out that I was too absolutist with my conclusions, and that is correct. I’m not sure if that will be edited but I wanted to point it out here anyway. At any rate, I hope you enjoy it.