Originally Posted by dougdirt
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.
So your saying that ever coach since 1869 has been doing it all wrong?
See even you are starting to make concessions to your idea. First you wanted the guys that get on base the most to get the most at bats, but now you are saying you want Votto to bat second instead. This is starting to sound more complicated than the English language.
So when Hamilton gets moved into the lineup permanently where are you going to bat him? He isn't going to have a .400 OBP, it's going to be more around .350-.375, so do you bate him 6th even with his speed? Of course not because he can turn a single or walk into a 'double' or 'triple' by stealing a base or two. That's part of the job of a leadoff hitter.