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Frater Perdurabo
04-12-2006, 09:49 AM
All the consternation over Pods' slow start got me thinking about MLB leadoff hitters.

Who is the best leadoff hitter in the MLB today? If you could have any one leadoff hitter on your team, who would it be, and why?

If your choice isn't listed, name him.

MODS: I am sorry. I intended to post this in Talking Baseball, not the Clubhouse.

Dan Mega
04-12-2006, 10:26 AM
Ichiro is still the #1 in my opinion. However, if I could pick any guy from that list to be on my team, it would be Carl Crawford.

soxfan13
04-12-2006, 10:28 AM
Ichiro is still the #1 in my opinion. However, if I could pick any guy from that list to be on my team, it would be Carl Crawford.

Have to agree with Crawford, Great speed, hits for good average and has decent pop in his bat. And hes only 26

cbotnyse
04-12-2006, 10:31 AM
Ichiro does have the whole package. great hitter and sometimes for power, great speed and a cannon for an arm. Id like to see him challege the .400 average for a season

D. TODD
04-12-2006, 10:32 AM
Ichiro - simply the best!

lumpyspun
04-12-2006, 10:37 AM
Ichiro - simply the best!

Ichiro is doing only slightly better than Pods right now. He's 6/34 with 2 SB's. But I agree, he's still the best.

0o0o0
04-12-2006, 10:39 AM
Crawford. He's still getting better.

Thome's Homey
04-12-2006, 10:42 AM
Ichiro, Sizemore, Crawford with Ichiro on top until the other two mature into the amazing players that they will be.

samram
04-12-2006, 10:46 AM
I took Crawford and Sizemore would be second. I would have picked Sizemore but for the fact I think he'll be a three hitter within the next couple of years.

Bobbo35
04-12-2006, 11:21 AM
Didn't we have a chance to get Carl Crawford last year? He would be my pick.

Frater Perdurabo
04-12-2006, 11:24 AM
With all apologies to Ichiro, I also voted for Crawford. I'd give a kidney to get him on the Sox.

Hangar18
04-12-2006, 11:29 AM
well, per the Tribune and SunTimes, the best lead-off man ever,
is a certain player 8miles north. My pick though, would be Crawford.

Hangar18
04-12-2006, 11:31 AM
then again, who wouldnt want a Grady Sizemore on their team?
the guys phenomenal.

soxfanatlanta
04-12-2006, 11:39 AM
I had to go with Crawford, his best baseball is in front of him, I think we have seen the best of Ichiro back in 2004 (what a year!).

lizard6king6
04-12-2006, 03:13 PM
I love crawford and think he is an awesome player, however I dont think hes a good leadoff man. He has power and speed which is good but I think he can do so much more as a 3 or 5 hitter. No matter where you put him he'll put up good numbers.

roofshot87
04-12-2006, 03:40 PM
Ryan Freel could be my favorite....He would be a perfect fit for the White Sox.

in a limited role...369 at bats 36 sbs high obp has really turned it on the past 2 seasons

Thome's Homey
04-12-2006, 04:34 PM
Ryan Freel could be my favorite....He would be a perfect fit for the White Sox.

in a limited role...369 at bats 36 sbs high obp has really turned it on the past 2 seasons

We have enough 30-year old guys who rely on their legs to make a living.
30-year old speedsters aren't what you go out and get. 25-year olds are. Let the 30+ guys drive the ball hard (Konerko, Dye, Thome). Guys that old who rely on running as the sole facet of their game are dangerous. They don't have the strongest legs out there. :redneck

SectionBNole
04-12-2006, 04:49 PM
Carl Crawford by a longshot.

He will hit .300, capable of 15 HR, will steal at the least 40 but more likely 50 or 60, with gold glove caliber defense in left field.

I've seen him play many many times, kid is impressive.

Jjav829
04-12-2006, 05:47 PM
7 votes for Pods? I guess Pods has 7 family members registered here. :?:

It's Ichiro right now, though it certainly could be Crawford by the end of the year. I guess I would go with Crawford because I think he is still improving whereas Ichiro has probably maxed out. I think Crawford will be a 15-20 HR, 55+ steal, .290+ guy for a long time. The only problem is that he doesn't really walk enough for a leadoff hitter.

That said, if I could pick any one player to be the Sox leadoff hitter for the next decade, I would have a hell of a time passing up Grady Sizemore.