Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/14/14
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It is almost unfair to limit today's Bad Spring Training Decision of the Day to "of the Day" status because this bit of lineup construction was a bad idea that nobody thought better of for several years, making this something of an evergreen Bad Spring Training Decision.  What poor idea is that exactly?  Oh, just batting Alfonso Soriano in the leadoff spot. Really?  Again with this? Yes, it seems now that Theo Epstein has left Boston, he somehow has forgotten all about the importance of on-base percentage.  Paging, Bill James.  Report to Wrigley Field, STAT! How little sense would such a batting order make?  Let us count the ways: Soriano is coming off a season in which he posted a .289 OBP. Soriano's career OBP is .323. Soriano has not boasted an OBP higher than .322 in the last three years. The highest OBP that Soriano has ever registered is .351. The last time Soriano hit leadoff, he had great speed.  He has stolen 16 total in the last three seasons. ...
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