Originally Posted by Mario-Rijo
I disagree with your theory and have one of my own. The 1st spot in the order requires a guy to take pitches even inside the zone. Stubbs ability to swing and miss is further limited in that spot if he is doing his job and taking pitches for others to gauge (not to mention pitchers aren't as likely to make mental errors to the guy hitting in front of the best hitters on the team). Bottom line is he will never be a good leadoff hitter until he fixes (if even possible) his contact issues. In the 7 hole he simply has more chances to make contact.
Or what RMR said only I didn't read that far ahead.
How is that in anyway disagreeing? Stubbs is a certain type of hitter. that type isn't conducive to leading off. For whatever reason, whether its philosophy, experience or natural instinct. He is what he is, but leadoff is a round hole and he's a square peg.
Also I think his coaches may have had a preconceived notion of the type of hitter leadoff is further limiting his progress. Plain and simple, they did a very good job of nearly ruining him. A a #7 hitter he has two luxuries, 1 pitchers can attempt to pitch around him to get to the "weaker" #8 and 9 hitters. IMO pitching around a guy can lead to mistake pitches, forcing the pitcher to throw a strike, or walking him. All good things. 2 it may take self perceived pressure off of him in that he may think the job has gotten done ahead of him.
Again, these are just guesses, it's not like i know the guy,