Detroit Tigers: Let’s talk about the base running in 2017

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 11: Third baseman Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins tags out Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers trying to advance to third base from second on a fly out by John Hicks of the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on August 11, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 11: Third baseman Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins tags out Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers trying to advance to third base from second on a fly out by John Hicks of the Detroit Tigers during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on August 11, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 22: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins tags out Jose Iglesias #1 of the Detroit Tigers at second base as umpire Jeff Kellogg #8 looks on during the ninth inning of the game on July 22, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 6-5. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers fans have seen station-to-station, mashing teams in years past. While that was partly true in 2017, the base running didn’t improve much from a statistical standpoint.

Detroit Tigers players probably should have been better on the base paths in 2017, or at the very least an improvement on 2016.

Sure, Cameron Maybin and his speed were gone, but Detroit had the likes of Mikie Mahtook and Alex Presley on hand to replace the fleet-of-foot outfielder.

Another one of Maybin’s replacements, JaCoby Jones, was also on hand to make an impact on the bases.

Despite seeing just 28 plate appearances down the stretch in 2016, Jones ranked seventh on the team in BsR with a 0.7 stat.

In theory, it should have been better overall—and it was.

But only by the slightest of margins.

The Tigers finished 2016 ranked 23rd in the league with 58 stolen bases. Detroit also checked in at an even-less inspiring 28th in BsR with a collective -19.2 number.

Miguel Cabrera (-10.0 BsR in 2016) and Victor Martinez (-11.4 BsR in 2016) largely weighed the team down in that metric. The veteran sluggers were the only players in the league with a BsR that finished with a double digit number in the negatives.

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