Tuesday, October 09, 2007
When Jim Hendry speaks, mouths fall open:
Jim Hendry sidestepped questions of whether the Cubs would look for somebody else to bat first in the order next year.
Alfonso Soriano was the Cubs' leadoff man this year, and although he put up only a .337 on-base percentage, he did hit 33 home runs.
Soriano suffered leg injuries early in the season and in August.
"If Soriano hadn't had those two injuries, he might have stolen 40-45 bases, and people would be looking at it differently," Hendry said.
Yes, because stolen bases are the difinitive statistic in determining what you want in a leadoff hitter.
I mean, Soriano embodies every other quality you want in a leadoff hitter, right?
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