Much has been made about the Cardinals and how the team is not... the fleetest of foot. But how much of that is the truth versus what is anecdotal? Well, thanks to StatCast and "Sprint Speed"*, we can now get a good gauge of the Cardinals speed. The results might surprise you. Or not. Either way, we are going to find out the answer.
Sprint Speed is a Statcast metric that aims to more precisely quantify speed by measuring how many feet per second a player runs in his fastest one-second window.
You can learn more about Sprint Speed here.
Here are how the Cardinals break down:
Of course, this does not include pitchers, which would be an interesting addition to the mix, though getting a Sprint Speed reading from pitchers is probably difficult. While not exact, it fits about what you would expect. Now for fun, let’s throw in the slowest and fastest players in Major League Baseball...
And we can look at the players as they compare to their positional peers:
You can find the full, interactive list here at Baseball Savant as well as a league-wide distribution chart by position!
Hat tip to AsYouVanSlykeIt for sharing this!
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