At this point, linking and/or directing people towards the work of Mr. Mike Fast of Baseball Prospectus is redundant. You, if you have a lick of sense, are reading it all on your own. To save you the embarrassment of admitting you haven’t already read his illuminating work on the value and impact of the hit and run.
Fast uses MLB gameday data to determine the situations in which runners take off and hitters swing away. I’d love to see Fast’s information overlayed on the Baseball Info Solutions ball-in-play data to determine how many successful hit and runs featured balls shooting through zones where an average fielder would normally make a play. Another study for another day for one of the very best analysts in the business.