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  1. Studying the leadoff hitters: AL

    David Schoenfield

    I don't know if this is a bad era for leadoff hitters or not, or simply a reflection of the pitching-dominant era we're in right now. There are fewer good hitters overall thus it reasons that we'd have fewer good leadoff hitters. It strikes me tha...

    Blog | February 27, 2015
  2. Notes: Mets still searching for leadoff hitter

    Danny Knobler | Special to

    NEW YORK -- The New York Mets used eight different leadoff hitters in 2014. Manager Terry Collins still isn't sure which one he wants to take into 2015. On this final weekend of the season, Matt den Dekker is getting a chance to show he can handl...

    Blog | September 27, 2014
  3. Who's leading off for the Cubs in 2015?

    Jesse Rogers

    CHICAGO -- Leading off for the Chicago Cubs in 2015 will be Chris Coghlan. Or will it be Arismendy Alcantara? In fact, both might be considered leadoff hitters: One is for the here-and-now, and one might be for the future. "If you're asking me, to...

    Blog | September 23, 2014
  4. Pregame Notes: Leadoff hitters putting in work

    Calvin Watkins

    HOUSTON -- With Shin-Soo Choo out for the season recovering from surgery to remove a bone chip, the Rangers will employ Leonys Martin and Daniel Robertson in the leadoff spot. In the last seven games, the Rangers' leadoff hitters are hitting .440 ...

    Blog | August 30, 2014
  5. Clayton Kershaw wins 14th to tie for National League wins lead

    Clayton Kershaw won his 14th game to tie for the National League lead, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep in a matchup of division leaders.

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | August 10, 2014
  6. Kernels: Leadoff hitters in leading role

    Doug Kern

    Our look at the week's interesting and unusual baseball stats takes us to the front of the line. Leadoff hitters are selected carefully. Teams generally want someone who can get on base, has a little bit of speed, and can "set the table" for the p...

    Blog | June 08, 2014
  7. The curious case of Chone Figgins

    Mark Saxon

    Over a six-year stretch ending in 2009, Chone Figgins -- who will be competing for a bench job on the Dodgers this spring -- was one of the best leadoff hitters and most versatile players in baseball. He averaged 632 plate appearances while playin...

    Blog | January 23, 2014
  8. Leadoff hitters Brad Miller, Ben Zobrist each hit 2 HRs; M's top ...

    Leadoff hitter Brad Miller homered twice

    Recap | Box Score | Conversation | August 13, 2013
  9. 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
  10. Peter Bourjos feels the squeeze

    Mark Saxon

    ANAHEIM -- When the Angels promoted top prospect Mike Trout from Triple-A Salt Lake on Saturday, it seemed like a good idea. The Angels' offense was stuck in a miserable hitting funk, had gotten little production from its leadoff hitters and Trout...

    Blog | May 01, 2012
  11. Top of lineup shows improvement

    Richard Durrett

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus returned to Arlington from a nine-game road trip in slumps and desperately trying to keep their batting averages above the Mendoza line. Only the fact that Kinsler led AL leadoff hitters in walks wa...

    Blog | April 23, 2011
  12. Neftali Feliz pitching with confidence now

    Richard Durrett

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rookie closer Neftali Feliz looked a little nervous in the ALDS against Tampa Bay. He walked some leadoff hitters -- something he doesn't do -- and didn't look particularly comfortable. He didn't get a chance to pitch in a clos...

    Blog | October 31, 2010
  13. Move Jeter out of leadoff

    Katie Sharp, ESPN Stats & Info

    Last year, the Yankees moved Derek Jeter into the leadoff spot and he thrived there, getting on base consistently and leading all major-league leadoff hitters with a .409 on-base percentage. This year it's a different story, as Jeter's .313 on-base p...

    Blog | May 23, 2010
  14. 1st Pitch: Good/bad leadoff hitters

    Ryan McCrystal, ESPN Stats and Info

    Quick Hits: Here's a look at the good, the bad and the ugly statistics from leadoff hitters this season. * Elvis Andrus leads all leadoff hitters with a .417 OBP. That's nearly a 100-point increase from his .329 OBP in 2009. * Adam Jones and Ever...

    Blog | May 17, 2010
  15. Rapid Reaction: Leading things off&

    ESPN Stats & Info

    Leadoff hitters may have gotten the memo from our initial post today, referencing their struggles so far throughout 2010. In five of this afternoon's games, the No. 1 hitter in the lineup had a major impact. In the Cubs-Brewers game Rickie Weeks was...

    Blog | April 14, 2010
  16. Chase Utley could return to Philadelphia Phillies by Opening Day

    Christopher Harris,

    Christopher Harris looks at news from around spring training, including word that Chase Utley could be back by Opening Day, potentially increasing his draft-day value.

    Blog | Conversation | February 20, 2009