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  1. We're in a golden age for leadoff hitters

    David Schoenfield

    "I don't think I ever got proper credit about being smart about the game." -- Rickey Henderson When was the golden age for leadoff hitters? Well, 1965 was pretty good. Joe Morgan was a rookie that year and hit his way into the leadoff spot, where...

    Blog | May 07, 2013
  2. Don't criticize Derek Jeter!

    David Schoenfield

    So, in my last post I argued that John Farrell made a mistake by naming Derek Jeter his leadoff hitter for the All-Star Game. Actually, I didn't really even make much of an argument, just said that with a lineup of All-Stars to choose from, Farrell e...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  3. Bad decision to bat Derek Jeter leadoff

    David Schoenfield

    No matter what you think about Derek Jeter being elected to start in the All-Star Game, I think we can all agree that he certainly should not be the leadoff batter for the American League. Somehow, with a lineup of the AL's best hitters at his dis...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  4. Evolutionary Puig: Leadoff hitter

    David Schoenfield

    GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The game changes in small, incremental directions, actions and movements and strategies slowly evolving. Go back to the 1930s and 1940s and into the '50s and most pitchers used that old two-handed windmill wind-up, the pitcher's ar...

    Blog | March 15, 2014
  5. Jacoby Ellsbury versus Carl Crawford

    David Schoenfield

    Came across this quote this morning, from Scott Boras, agent for Jacoby Ellsbury, back in September to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports: "Two things separate Ellsbury [from Crawford]. Carl Crawford was never proven as a leadoff hitter, and Carl Crawford i...

    Blog | November 11, 2013
  6. Debate: Who is game's best leadoff hitter?

    David Schoenfield

    With Mike Trout currently batting second for the Angels, Eric Karabell wondered: Who is the game's best leadoff hitter right now? Time for a quick debate! Eric: Austin Jackson I'll go with Detroit Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson. He's not of...

    Blog | April 23, 2013
  7. How much does Choo upgrade the Reds?

    David Schoenfield

    1. The Reds needed a leadoff hitter and a center fielder. They got their leadoff guy in Shin-Soo Choo, who posted a .373 OBP with the Indians in 2012 and owns a career mark of .381. But did they get their center fielder? Choo has played eight innings...

    Blog | December 12, 2012
  8. Where will Michael Bourn end up?

    David Schoenfield

    Michael Bourn is one of the most fascinating free agents on the market. First, he's fun to watch, an old-school, 1980s-type leadoff hitter with blazing speed. He's a gifted center fielder with a pretty good throwing arm, which isn't often the case fo...

    Blog | November 17, 2012
  9. Over/under: Ichiro's batting average

    David Schoenfield

    Ichiro Suzuki has started 1,733 games during his Mariners career, and all but 13 of those starts have come as the leadoff hitter. However, following the worst season of his career, manager Eric Wedge said Thursday that he's considering moving Ichi...

    Blog | January 27, 2012
  10. Crawford hitting leadoff, Sox-Yankees chat

    David Schoenfield

    First off, Terry Francona moved Carl Crawford to the leadoff spot and Jacoby Ellsbury down to eighth for this afternoon's game. Look, this makes perfect sense. Crawford is a better hitter than Ellsbury and despite his apparent reluctance to hit leado...

    Blog | April 08, 2011
  11. Players to watch in '11: Derek Jeter

    David Schoenfield

    Give Joe Girardi credit: With his suggestion that Derek Jeter may no longer serve as the Yankees' full-time leadoff hitter, he's making a public acknowledgment that Jeter is no longer a star hitter. Now he should make the next move, which is to ackno...

    Blog | March 23, 2011