Undeniably, the leadoff guy of any ball club is key. And it doesn't truly matter how he gets on base as long as he does, often. Sure, we would like a hit or even an extra base hit every now and again, absolutely, but that's not essential. "Plenty of evidence suggests that a talented everyday leadoff hitter can improve a lineup. Veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd said that finding a consistent everyday on-base threat at the top of the order "is the best thing for a lineup," according to an article in The Wall Street Journal last week (HERE). Teams that have leadoff woes lose more ball games because their heavy hitters later in the lineup can't jack up the RBIs for which they are bred. By way of illustration, since Jose Reyes departure from the Mets, the organization has .441 winning...

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