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Braun is MLB's Best Baserunner?

Alright, everyone knows what a phenomenal hitter Ryan Braun is. However, I thought it was interesting to find that Bill James' Handbook lists Braun (along with Chone Figgins and Chase Utley) as the best baserunner(s) in all of baseball when you remove stolen bases and focus on what players did once they were on base.

Without steals the equation focuses on taking the extra base successfully and things of that nature. Go from first to third on a single, earn a point. Get gunned down trying to stretch, lose a point. So obviously he's rewarding being intelligently aggressive. Using that formula all three players listed above scored a plus-27.

Here's the top five list as seen in an ESPN Insider blog:

Braun, +27
Utley, +27
Figgins, +27
Colby Rasmus, +26
Maicer Izturis, +25

Ironically, the worst baserunner in all of baseball is Milwaukee's old left fielder, El Caballo himself, Carlos Lee with a minus-35 mark. Here's the bottom five:

Lee, -35
Juan Rivera, -35
Yadier Molina, -29
Adrian Gonzalez, -28
Mike Lowell, -27

My favorite item from that blog had to be that both Lee and Rivera were thrown out trying to go from first to third eight times a piece last year! EIGHT! I know the Angels preach an aggressive approach on the basepaths, but c'mon.

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