The Mockingbird

Leading off….SOMEBODY!

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In a move sure to shock both the SABRmetric world and conventional thinkers, the Mockingbird has ascertained that the Blue Jays have decided to employ the long-lost concept of the “leadoff man” for the upcoming critical series against Cleveland.

“Well, we still like the home run,” explained JP Ricciardi. “But we’ve run some new computer models and it seems having runners on base when we hit home runs affects our total runs scored. We lead the league in solo shots, but we’re going to see if that can translate into other types of home runs as well. You never know.”

In Johnson’s absence the Blue Jays have tried Rios, Lind, Hill, Clark, Clayton and Wells leading off, bravely breaking the mold of quick, light-hitting on-base machines to set the table. With Reed set to return the the lineup tonight, it seems that the team will return to ancient wisdom just a few players short of completing the set. A dejected John Gibbons sat staring at the lineup card today in the clubhouse.

“I sure do like shuffling the lineup. But this here dang thing just writes itself. When O-bay comes back I could just pull the heart of the order out a gum-danged hat! I’m going to have to break the news to Zaunnie, Troy and Frank because they’ve been practicing bunt singles for weeks now just in case I gave the call.”



Written by halejon

July 6, 2007 at 8:41 pm

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  1. Is that why Vernon is still leading off?


    July 7, 2007 at 7:11 pm

  2. We like the HR’s….if batting a team-leading slugger/cleanup type of guy leadoff gives us 1 more at-bat every 5 games with a decent chance to hit one, that’s….um….uh….a BILLION more runs a season!


    July 7, 2007 at 7:45 pm

  3. Reed Johnson can bat anywhere he freaking likes. Who comes back and makes an impact on two games so quickly???


    July 8, 2007 at 8:33 pm

  4. Any guy that starts the walk-off rally in the bottom of the 9th. What a guy.

    Did I mention….Josh Towers was amazing! Perfect through 5 Innings!


    July 8, 2007 at 8:46 pm

  5. When Accardo went 3-0 on Peralta that looked like it was going to be the biggest waste of an overachieving start against a powerhouse offence of all time. Then somehow we turned it around on poor Byrd.

    Maybe Josh was taking lessons from Paul on how to forget who he was? I need to immortalize that line in a post soon…


    July 9, 2007 at 6:58 am

  6. Hey do you find that old-time wind-up strangely mesmerizing?

    Dinner Wednesday my place! Party Friday at Clintons!


    July 9, 2007 at 6:11 pm

  7. Did you see he even did the double windup a few times? I would just stand and stare, perhaps clap at that…


    July 9, 2007 at 6:24 pm

  8. He did the double on a couple pitches, but mostly the single. The double is fantastic, and impossible to miss.

    You’re sitting there going “did I just see that”?!?


    July 9, 2007 at 6:48 pm

  9. Hey, speaking of old time baseball – would you be interested in a day-long Baseball Marathon? I think Hamid was in.

    Maybe vote, and watch 4 or 5 innings.


    July 9, 2007 at 9:35 pm

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