Found March 06, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
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What is with the Chicago teams and their bizarre top of the order lineup decisions?  First the Cubs want Alfonso Soriano to lead off and now the White Sox intend to bat A.J. Pierzynski in the two-hole.  There must be something in the water in the Windy City.  Whatever the case may be, we have definitely found our Bad Spring Training Decision of the Day. One the surface, this questionable lineup choice is just another classic example of a manager failing to appreciate on-base percentage.  And that is a very big problem for Pierzynski batting second since A.J.'s career OBP is just .324 and only once in his career has he posted an OBP better than .334 in a season.  The real issue is the reasoning brand spanking new, wet-behind-the-ears manager Robin Ventura is using to justify this decision.  I'll let him explain: "He’s always a tough out, not that he steals a lot of bases but he handles the bat and does the appropriate things. He’s one of those guys who will hook it i...
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