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Why Chone Figgins, Not Ichiro, is the Best Leadoff Man in Baseball

What is the job of a leadoff hitter? He should be able to do three things: get on base, steal bases, and look at a lot of pitches.

It's pretty basic. A leadoff hitter has to get on base so the batters behind him can drive him in. He should be able to steal bases to not only get in the pitcher's head, but so the following batters can more easily drive him in. A leadoff hitter also should look at lots of pitches so the rest of the batters on the team can see what's in the pitcher's arsenal.

So, keeping that in mind, let's compare the three statistics of Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners and Chone Figgins of the Los Angeles Angels.


1. On-base percentage

Ichiro and Figgins have an extremely close on-base percent...

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