From trent's interview:
CTR: What role to you see for Willy Taveras?
DB: His role is he’s our centerfielder and he’s our leadoff man, which is what we were looking for. The fact that he’s so young (28), he’s going to get better. I know a lot of people are talking about his on-base percentage (.308 in 2008), but I like to think more in terms of him his in-scoring position percentage. A guy who had whatever he had, 30-doubles and double-digits in triples and 60 stolen bases. He’s in scoring position a whole bunch of times.
This is the sort of thing that leads to Patterson leading off for over half the season. Does the man not realize that Taveras had more steals than runs scored? How about he couldn't have been in scoring position that much, if he didn't score more than that with Holiday and Atkins hitting behind him. He doesn't even know how bad Willy was at getting extra base hits. Well at least, he's not clogging up those bases!