bayside wrote:SpecialFNK wrote:Davis is the type of player I like to see in the leadoff spot. someone who can get on base
career OBP = .319
I guess you missed the part where I broke down the numbers per season.
a study that looks at speedy runners vs non speedy runners and different batters who do what they do, would take forever to be accurate because you would have to study every single situation. it's not always the same. forgetting about the batter part of it, having a speedy runner on base would force the pitcher to pitch differently. not just what the pitcher does physically, but also in his head. he would be more likely to make a mistake. I don't need a study to think this.
studies and polls and such are useless unless you study/poll EVERYTHING. it depends on who you ask. imagine doing a poll on teenagers involved in sexual activity. if you doll a poll in a church community your going to get much different results than if you do a poll outside a church community.
it's not at all surprising to see Ichiro moved out of the leadoff spot now. I'm just saying if the only reason is because he doesn't take many walks then that move would have been made awhile ago.
I doubt the Mariners had mauch of a problem with Ichiro as their leadoff hitter before last season. even with last years bad OBP number he still has .370 OBP for his career. he was great at doing the number one thing you want from your leadoff hitter, getting on base. doesn't matter if he gets on with a lucky single or a walk, as long as he gets on.
he's now 38 years old coming off the worst season of his career. I wouldn't expect him to be the same as he was in his past, so it probably is best now for the Mariners to move him out of the leadoff spot, if he's not going to be doing a good job of getting on base. if this is the type of player Ichiro is going to be now not only would I not want him in the leadoff spot, but he shouldn't be batting in the 3 spot either. but then what do you do with the guy who has meant so much to this team? do the Mariners move him down to the bottom of the order if that's what is best for the team?