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YearLeadoffPositionOBP(Team Rank)2nd HitterPositionOBP(Team Rank)Alternatives?
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1993Darren LewisCF.302(8/8)Robby Thompson2b.375(2/8)Willie McGee(.353 OBP)did start out as lead off hitter, led off 37 games on the season
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1994Darren LewisCF.340(2/8)John Patterson2b.315(4/8)
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1995Darren LewisCF.303(7/8)Robby Thompson2b.317(5/8)Traded for Deion Sanders at mid-season, Prime Time's .346 would have been 3rd on team
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1996Marvin BenardCF.333(6/15)*Bill Mueller3b.401(2/15)*
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1997Daryl HamiltonCF.354(5/9)Jose VizcainoSS.323(6/9)Not sure why Mueller didn't bat 2nd more often
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1998Daryl HamiltonCF.393(3/11)Bill Mueller3b.383(5/11)Hard to complain, Marvin Benard also had 53 starts in the 1 or 2 hole and had a .396 OBP
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1999Marvin BenardCF.359(8/10)Bill Mueller3b.388(5/8)F.P. Santangelo batted 1st or 2nd 46 times and had a .406 OBP
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2000Marvin BenardCF.342(6/8Bill Mueller3b.333(8/8)The team was #1 in OBP thanks to Bonds, Kent, and Burks who were all above .400 OBP
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2001Marvin BenardCF.320(7/8)Rich AurilliaSS.369(3/8)Marvin Benard led off but split time between RF and CF, JT Snow had the best OBP among mortals on the team but batted 6th
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2002David Bell3B.333(4/8)Rich AurilliaSS.305(7/8)Bell led off 47 games, the CF's did lead off more but these were broken up. Lofton was acquired at midseason and posted a .353 OBP
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2003Mark Grudzielanek2B.366(1/8)Alex GonzalezSS.295(8/8)At mid season the Cubs acquired Kenny Lofton who had a .381 OBP, and Grudzielanek batted 2nd
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2004Todd Walker2B.352(4/8)Korey PattersonCF.320(8/8)Patterson batted up top a lot, he led off or batted 2nd in 102 games. Other options with higher OBP(Moises Alou, Derek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Michael Barrett)
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2005Jerry HairstonUTILITY.336(5/8)Neifi PerezSS.298(7/8)Walker would have been a much better choice in the 2 hole and did bat there 61 times compared to Neiffi's 65.
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2006Juan PierreCF.330(6/7)Todd Walker2b.352(4/7)Walker only started 32 games in the 2 hole, but that was more than Theriot, 29 games(.412 OBP) or Ronny Cedeno 26 game(.271 OBP)
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2008Jerry HairstonLF.384(1/12)*Jeff KeppingerSS.310(10/12)*David Ross had a .380 OBP but only batted .231, Encarnacion was at .340
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2009T-VirusCF.275 (7/7)Jerry HairstonUtility/LF.305(4/7)Pretty bad OBP overall, Dickerson's .370 OBP obviously would have been a bright spot, and he had 38 games where he batted 1 or 2
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*the player rank is out of the number of player's with enough qualifying PA that season. If the player listed was not among those with enough PA's then I lowered the threshold down to 150 PA.
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