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Bequeathed Runners (BQR)

Definition

Bequeathed runners represents the number of runners left on base by a pitcher when that pitcher leaves the game. Any bequeathed runner who scores an earned run after a pitcher has left the game will be counted against that pitcher's ERA.

Along with being a pitching metric, bequeathed runners can be an assessment of a manager's philosophy. Some managers try to avoid bringing their relief pitchers into a game with men on base. As a result, those teams usually have lower bequeathed runners totals.

In A Call

"inherited runners" (for the pitcher who is entering the game)