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Carlos Pena is going to hit leadoff tonight

May 22, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

It’s always cute when managers put fast guys with poor on base skills in the leadoff spot. Cute but dumb because, as the saying goes, you can’t steal first base.  Joe Maddon realizes that because he’s putting Carlos Pena in the leadoff spot tonight:

I like it. Even if he is a first baseman. Even if he is a power threat. He has a .352 lifetime OBP and it’s at .353 this season.

Here’s a list of every first baseman who led off a game.  The all-time leader is Lu Blue. Not to be confused with Blue Lou from “The Blues Brothers.”

  1. foreverchipper10 - May 22, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    He also has as many RBI (5) and HR’s (1) in the month of May as he did Opening Day.

  2. natsattack - May 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Smart move.

  3. marshmallowsnake - May 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Coming from a manager that would put an infield shift on my 87 year old grandmother…no surprise here.

    • paperlions - May 22, 2012 at 8:49 PM

      Well duh…granny can’t get around on the FB, you have to shade her up the middle and to RF.

      • marshmallowsnake - May 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

        She is a lefty ;)

  4. Nick C - May 22, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    And not to be confused with Blue Lou from “True Romance.”

  5. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    LOL Wut?

    • kiwicricket - May 22, 2012 at 7:48 PM

      ‘Wut?’ LOL

  6. hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    Upton Zobrist and Joyce have the same or better OBP, and all are better hitters than Lee.
    The idea is fine, the choice of Lee isn’t.
    Getting one of those 3 more AB’s than Lee is preferable

    • foreverchipper10 - May 22, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Do you mean Pena instead of Lee?

      • hiltonandastoria - May 22, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        Sure do

  7. kiwicricket - May 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Corey Hart batted first last night, which was kind of interesting also.

  8. RickyB - May 22, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Love that Vic Power has the most home runs of any first baseman while batting leadoff. For a guy that wasn’t really a power guy (never hit more than 19 in a season, 126 in his career in over 6,400 plate appearances), at least he can hang his hat on that.

  9. DCBlueStar - May 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Well hello. Paydirt. 3 Run HR from ‘Los in the leadoff spot.

  10. gotampabay52 - May 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    First base leading off hr after all the strikeouts he now get his confidence up Madddon is master at mind games and getting guys to play even if they havent produce for a series or two he is a true coach all the shifts and line up shifts and how much to we spend a yr and where is ny and boston hows that working out for you all

    • cur68 - May 22, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Jeez, Laweeez….Please go back to school, sir. I’m beggin’ ya, man.

      • pisano - May 23, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        cur68…. I think your words of encouragement were inspiring to our friend, but as the old pisan’s in the neighborhood used to say, ” The leopard sheds the fur, but never the spots”

  11. Walk - May 22, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    The way teams shift for pena its a decent idea. Shift is on he can have a decent chance to bunt. Runners on limits shift being used against him and he is a power threat. I like the idea seems logical, guess that means it is doomed to fail.

  12. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 23, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Of course you can steal first. Swing at an 0-2 pitch five or six feet off the plate and get going. I’m pretty sure if you batted me leadoff I could reach base like that after a few (hundred) tries.

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