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Jose Altuve’s Bunt Single Registered the Fastest Home-to-First Time in the Statcast Era

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Apparently it’s Speed Day at Baseball is Fun.

Earlier, we took a look at Billy Hamilton managing to score on a play that started with him getting picked off first base. And in that post, I shared the stolen base leaderboards from 2014 through today:


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  1. Billy Hamilton: 229 SBs
  2. Dee Gordon: 208 SB s
  3. Jose Altuve: 156 SBs
  4. Starling Marte: 126 SBs
  5. Rajai Davis: 125 SBs
  6. Jarrod Dyson: 120 SBs
  7. Ben Revere: 115 SBs
  8. Jonathan Villar: 109 SBs
  9. Charlie Blackmon: 101 SBs
  10. Jacoby Ellsbury: 101 SBs

You’ll notice that after Hamilton and Dee Gordon’s 200+ stolen bases, is everybody’s favorite Astro, Jose Altuve.

Yesterday, Altuve flashed the elite speed that keeps him up near the top of the stolen base rankings, by reaching safely on a bunt-single down the first base line. But unlike most bunt hits, this one wasn’t particularly close, because Altuve was absolutely burning it down the line.

Take a look:

According to Statcast, Altuve ran at 29.9 feet per second, reaching first base in just 3.33 seconds overall, which is apparently that’s the fastest home-to-first time since 2015 when Statcast began collecting data. That’s insane, and also awesome.

Altuve is having another monster season for the Astros this year, slashing .348/.412/.555 with 7.3 WAR (tied for first in MLB) and 32 stolen bases. In all likelihood, he’ll be a finalist (if not the winner) of the 2017 AL MVP award.


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Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami writes about MLB at Baseball Is Fun. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami.