It’s always cute when managers put fast guys with poor on base skills in the leadoff spot. Cute but dumb because, as the saying goes, you can’t steal first base. Joe Maddon realizes that because he’s putting Carlos Pena in the leadoff spot tonight:
I like it. Even if he is a first baseman. Even if he is a power threat. He has a .352 lifetime OBP and it’s at .353 this season.
Here’s a list of every first baseman who led off a game. The all-time leader is Lu Blue. Not to be confused with Blue Lou from “The Blues Brothers.”
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.