Originally Posted by AtomicDumpling
Yes, when Billy Hamilton reaches the big leagues it would make sense to start him out in the 6th or 7th spot in the lineup. If he proves he can get on base at a .350+ rate in the major leagues, then and only then should he be put in the leadoff spot. It is the OBP that determines whether a player is qualified to bat leadoff -- not his speed.
But since Hamilton plays centerfield and is fast I am sure Dusty Baker will have him bat leadoff no matter what his OBP is.
And I agree with you that a stolen base is more valuable in front of Hanigan or Cozart than it is in front of Votto or Bruce.
You've really got stop building OBP opponents like it's 2003. I was saying, assuming Hamilon becomes a .350+ OBP hitter and stolen bases are substantially more valuable in front of Cozart, might it be worth giving up the ideal leadoff hitter in order to take full advantage of his base stealing by batting him 7? I'd lean towards no in our case, but mainly because I don't see anyone else that fits anywhere close to that well into the leadoff spot.