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It also is missing some names from 2017's final leaderboard such as Billy Hamilton, Whit Merrifield, Jose Altuve, Byron Buxton, Elvis Andrus, Mookie Betts, Jose Reyes, Brett Gardner, Jose Peraza, Andrew Benintendi, Jean Segura and Wil Myers. Each of those stole at least 20 bases last year, so it would behoove us to check into how those players are doing this season while also looking into how some of the new names are popping up this year. Injuries are certainly playing a part for some of those missing names, while others are a bit more frustrating because they are playing but not running as they did in 2017.
There are multiple factors that go into whether a player will run. In no particular order, they include:
• Managerial influence
• Score of the game
• Hidden injury
• The situation on the basepaths
• Batter at the plate
• The pop time of the catcher behind the plate
• The move of the pitcher on the mound
• How quick the pitcher gets the