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:
Hitting Los leadoff. We’ve tried it with a few other guys and it worked. I want him to accept his walks, think of himself as a tablesetter.
— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) May 22, 2012
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.