Originally Posted by Big Klu
I never saw the need for Darren Lewis. Thomas Howard, Jerome Walton, and even Reggie Sanders could provide adequate defense in CF, and much better sticks.
A lot of people--myself included--were critical of having Lewis as a leadoff hitter, but this was back in the day when you 'needed' a speedy player at the top of your order (remember the Dave-Wells-for-Curtis-Goodwin trade?
Barry Larkin was vocal about not wanting to bat first, and both Reggie Sanders and Ron Gant were middle-of-the-order hitters. Thomas Howard and Jerome Walton weren't slow, but they weren't 30+ SB threats like Lewis.
It may not have made much sense to keep putting Lewis out there, but it would've been fairly unconventional to use someone else on the roster.