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  1. 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
  2. Gatewood a feast-or-famine prospect

    Christopher Crawford

    This weekend we saw some of the prep stars of the class get off to good starts, the best arms of the SEC continue to dominate, and two unconventional leadoff hitters continue to put up impressive offensive numbers. High school stars start hot ...

    Blog | March 10, 2014
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Alejandro De Aza worth consideration as leadoff hitter for Chicag...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell searches for hidden fantasy gems and finds a few leadoff hitters, including Alejandro De Aza and Dexter Fowler, who can help owners.

    Blog | Conversation | March 09, 2012
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Colorado Rockies' Eric Young Jr. running out of time to keep his ...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell discusses the fantasy value of slumping leadoff hitters such as Eric Young Jr., Akinori Iwamura and Drew Stubbs and what might become of them.

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2010
  13. Borbon one of many slumping leadoff men

    Eric Karabell

    Less than two weeks into the baseball season, leadoff hitters around baseball have been anything but special. Incredibly, major leaguers in the top lineup spot are hitting a cumulative .249 with a .315 on-base percentage; in the American League, than...

    Blog | April 16, 2010
  14. Texas Rangers' Julio Borbon running out of time to impress in lea...

    Eric Karabell

    Eric Karabell discusses Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon and his slow start, then looks at other struggling leadoff hitters.

    Blog | Conversation | April 16, 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. Four prospects who could potentially lead off in the pros - MLB D...

    Jason Churchill

    The power guys will always be picked first, but here are four guys who can set the table in the upcoming draft. Plus, news, notes and analysis from recent games of some of the nation's best MLB draft prospects.

    Blog | Conversation | March 08, 2010