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Theriot to lead off for Cubs, with Fontenot likely starting at second base

Mar 15, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

Lou Piniella revealed a few tidbits this afternoon, most notably that Mike Fontenot has a leg up on Jeff Baker as the Cubs’ starting second baseman.
“Right now, as we speak, I think that Fontenot has probably jumped ahead a little in the second base slot,” Piniella told Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune. “It hasn’t been finalized, but that’s the way I view it right now.”
Piniella also said that Ryan Theriot will serve as the Cubs’ leadoff man against both right-handers and left-handers, with Kosuke Fukudome hitting second against righties.
Sullivan notes that “Fukudome will sit against lefties and someone else will move into the No. 2 hole,” but it isn’t clear yet who’ll get that assignment because presumed platoon partner Xavier Nady may not be healthy enough to play the outfield early on. Other options include Jeff Baker and Kevin Millar.

  1. APBA Guy - Mar 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Being an Army brat, I spent some of my formative years in Louisiana, in a swamp pit called Ft. Polk, near Deridder.,_Louisiana
    One of my 2 takeaways from that time was that Louisiana guys are excellent athletes (and Cajun food is great. No velveeta and horsemeat here. All praise to Chef Paul).
    It’s no surprise that Fontenot and Theriot will be playing together for another year, just as they did at LSU. I hope Fontenot can hit a little better this year or Lou will replace him with Baker for sure.

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