Originally Posted by Lewdog
If this is true, then Votto has the highest OBP % so he should be hitting first right? You want the guy that gets on base most to get the most at bats so he can get on base the most? Then to set the line up each night, the coaches should just go down the line based on OBP. I can't say that I have ever seen a lineup set that way. Ever.
Just because it hasn't been done that way doesn't mean it isn't ideal. No one had ever gone out there and tried just swing as hard as they could and hit home runs until Babe Ruth. No one had ever decided to put on a defensive shift before against big time pull hitters, until someone did it. No one ever tried a zone defense before in other sports.... until someone did it.
But no, I would bat Votto second. I don't want to waste his power (or Choo's for that matter) batting leadoff where his power is partially wasted by the lack of runners on base in front of him.