For nearly a century, the vast majority of leadoff hitters in Major League Baseball were of the same ilk. They were fast. They put the ball in play. They got on base. And they were, with few exceptions, not the best overall hitters on their team. Think Ichiro Suzuki. Lou Brock. Kenny Lofton. Jose Reyes. Juan Pierre. They had high…
Full Count: On the evolution of leadoff hitters and how Torey Lovullo uses themBy Jesse Friedman
Author Jesse Friedman
Born and raised in Phoenix metro, Jesse’s sports broadcasting career began at the age of 12 when he impersonated D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte on FOX Sports Arizona as the Arizona Diamondbacks Kidkaster. He started writing and podcasting about the Diamondbacks shortly thereafter, and has been doing it ever since. Now, Jesse is a podcast host and writer for PHNX Diamondbacks. Jesse has a math degree and a journalism minor from Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.