Consider the Dodgers and what they are going to do, possibly as soon as this weekend, when Rafael Furcal is ready to return to the lineup. Furcal is a fine leadoff hitter, a guy who hit .300 in his debut season with Los Angeles and got on base at a .369 clip. Toronto's Reed Johnson led baseball in on-base percentage from the No. 1 spot in the batting order, at .391, and Furcal was ninth (minimum 100 plate appearances).
Where was Pierre ranked? His .333 on-base percentage leading off ranked No. 31 among 48 qualifiers, so he wasn't the worst (Nate McClouth was), but he certainly wasn't very good. Why is this an issue today?