On Dec. 26, I published a piece titled “The luck factor: How to maintain your BABIP and become a ‘gem.’” Before you read this, check that one out, because this article serves as a follow-up piece to that.
In short, I used the top BABIPs from 2017 to attempt to figure out which skills make the statistic — which is generally considered to be relatively unsustainable — sustainable. I found that about 70 percent of the players that ranked in the top 25 of BABIPs from 2017 had at least one of the “special” skills, and six hitters fell into multiple categories. Seven hitters did not make any list.
The article also generated lots of conversation on Twitter, and I hope to answer some of the questions that people had in the paragraphs below. So, really, this piece is for the readers. Enjoy.
Click here to read the full article on Beyond The Box Score.