GradysBaby133 wrote:No way
1.) Grady is comfterable in the leadoff spot and enjoys hitting there
2.) Having Grady leadoff gets him approximately 60-100 more at bats than what he would have hitting 3rd. He is the best hitter on the team and you want him to have the most at bats as he can.
3.) Who else would lead off? The only player that could even be considered is Josh Barfield, but he has the worst OBP on the team.
Well, I don't know about Grady's comfort level, and I agree there's probably no one else, but I can't just let point #2 slide. The best hitter on a team obviously doesn't lead off. It's not a question of getting your best hitter the most ab's, it's the question of giving your best hitter the best chance to add the most runs, i.e. you want your best hitter in the most highly leveraged slot in the lineup. Certainly not first in the order.
And just to nitpick, Travis Hafner is the best hitter on that team.