What has happened to the
great leadoff hitters?
Updated: June 28, 2002, 1:44 PM ETBy by Ethan D. Cooperson, STATS. Inc.
Time was, the prototypical leadoff hitter was a guy who hit at least .300 while drawing a fair amount of walks. Leadoff hitters, it was thought, should be among the team leaders in on-base percentage. But that has not been the case this season. Looking at the National League numbers, we were shocked to see that No. 7 hitters actually have a higher on-base percentage than leadoff men in 2002.