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Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

Posted on: March 3, 2012 11:42 am
 
By Matt Snyder

I thought this ship had sailed a few years ago.

Instead, multiple Chicago papers have stories up Saturday morning about Alfonso Soriano being a possibility to lead off for the Cubs this season on occasion.

I'd be lying if I said only one word came to mind, but one word was most prominent: Why?

You can say the Cubs don't have a bonafide leadoff man, and that's true. But there are many better options than Soriano. In fact, he might be the worst option on the entire club. We're talking about a guy who hit .244 with a .289 on-base percentage last season. He struck out 113 times while walking 27. He had two stolen bases. He only scored 50 runs in 508 plate appearances.

Amazingly, with a putrid OBP, Soriano still managed 88 RBI and a .469 slugging percentage, due to his 27 doubles and 26 homers.

Basically, Soriano's only value is that he gets an extra-base hit every once in a while, which helped him drive home those 88 runs last season. That's not a guy you bat leadoff. Ever.

Fortunately, manager Dale Sveum's comments seem to be of a political nature, as to not dismiss anything.

‘‘During the season, a lot of things can come up to where, yeah, it can happen,’’ said Sveum (Chicago Sun-Times). ‘‘You really want Soriano just to be in an RBI spot. That’s what you really want.’’

Unfortunately, Soriano batted leadoff in an intrasquad game Friday. So it appears the possibility is realistic.

I can hear the collective groan from Wrigleyville already.

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Comments

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 12:41 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

Now this is funny-----A Cub fan calling the Indians stupid---The Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 and haven't appear in a W/S since 1945 .
You have got to stop smoking the Ivy.



Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 11:19 am
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

So now that the Cubbies didn't resign Pena and lost Ramirez to free agancy they're putting their most productive hitter that doesn't steal bases anymore and strikes out way too much in the leadoff spot. I guess this way he can increase his strikeout totals. Hopefully this is just a B/S article and Dale Sveum is not this counter productive.



Since: Jun 12, 2011
Posted on: March 4, 2012 1:43 am
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

Who cares, leadoff happens the start of very inning, who the first guy listed matters as much as the difference between the number 1 pitcher and the number 4 or 5 pitcher. They will all start 32 to 34 games



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 8:51 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

Every spring is a collective groan from Wrigleyville, then they start drinking heavily. Bat Soriano leadoff, not like there are any better options unless Starlin Castro could have one other decent player around him. Maybe Soriano does something and you can trade him...the Indians are that stupid. 



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 3:17 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

Well that's the thing: the Cubs don't have a true leadoff man. And worse, you have to have Soriano bat somewhere in the lineup, so it may as well be 1st.

I suppose DeJesus could lead off, but he doesn't steal bases either. You could use Castro I guess, but then who would hit 2nd, DeJesus? Then again, Castro's OBP isn't really that high for a true leadoff guy. For that matter you can have Marlon Byrd lead off, but he can't steal a base either and his OBP is poor. The Cub lineup is almost such that you can pick names out of a hat as to who bats where.

If it were me I'd bat Castro lead off, at least until I would find a leadoff man somewhere. Soriano should probably bat 5th because he does have some power still, but again it really doesn't matter where he hits, he will hurt you in someway.




Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

bat him leadoff that way you can get his AB out of the way 1st and then sart ur offense..lol



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:43 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

Soriano is making 18 million or so per year, and gets to bat leadoff (or worse case, in an "RBI" position). Meanwhile guys like Johnny Damon and Vlad Guerrero are looking for work on minor league deals. 

How much of Soriano's salary do you think Epstein would straight up, write off, if he could swap out Soriano for Damon? 



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:12 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

5, 6 or 7



Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 12:04 pm
 

Alfonso Soriano leading off is a possibility

I completely agree that he should not bat leadoff, but where in lineup would to put him? The best place to put, wtih his high strike out to walk ratio as well as poor on base percentage, combined with his ability to hit homeruns and extra base hits, would bit seventh, at most, sixth, in the batting order. Don't use his experience as a Major Leager at all influence the decision. Allow the kids or other players, Soto, Castro or whom ever, bat ahead of him.


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