Originally Posted by RedsManRick
So what if Hanigan's OBP takes a hit batting 9th? What's the mean in practice, .350? That still justifies batting him 9th.
I'm just asking, because I don't know.. how many fewer plate appearances will Hannigan get hitting 9th vs 8th? Think of the extra outs you are giving up by giving the pitcher extra at bats.
Frasier and Cozart are the likely 6 and 7 hitters. They have extra base power, and Hannigan's singles can potentially drive them in.
Seems like Hannigan's high OBP is not wasted at all in the 8th slot.
He's a slow runner, with little power.
The pitcher can bunt him over to 2nd, thus making the pitcher's AB more productive than an empty out.
I know .. there's logic in making the #9 hitter a second leadoff guy, but someone like Hannigan is slow and has no extra base power (he can not get himself into scoring position).
Yea, I know.. I'm talking like Dusty, but I think there's merit to this.
We have to look beyond OBP a bit sometimes (although OBP is important).