acapulco wrote:It's not simply that Damon hits leadoff that accounts for his 100+ runs scored yearly. So do 31 other guys. He's on base a lot, has extra base power, and steals the occasional base (less with the Red Sox than with his previous teams). If there's been a better lead off hitter in either league the last 5 years I don't know who it is. (BTW, it isn't Crawford who steals bases but has a pretty bad OBP).
5 years ago, Johnny Damon hit .254/.324
Perhaps he "gets on base a lot," but that's a more of a function of opportunites than actual efficiency.
OBP the last 5 years, starting from 2001
The last two seasons are good numbers, yes, but with the exception of 2004, he's hardly been the best leadoff hitter in the game.
Just this year, in the AL alone, Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, posted much better seasons. In fact, Jeter had a better year in all but 2004.