Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The way San Francisco Giants center fielder Angel Pagan has hit in the leadoff spot this season, it makes you wonder why he was ever taken out of the role. He hit leadoff the first month of the season, and that was when he went off on a 20-game hitting streak. But then Pablo Sandoval, the No. 3 hitter, went on the disabled list, and the Giants needed someone with some pop in his bat to hit in the middle of the order. Pagan and Melky Cabrera, who had been hitting second, both fit that description, so Cabrera took over at No. 3, Pagan was inserted into the fifth spot and Gregor Blanco, who had emerged as an effective leadoff man, hit first. Pagan's hitting streak ended shortly thereafter, and he soon cooled off considerably. As the season wore on and his slump became more prolonged, his frustration became more and more evident. But that all changed Aug. 3 when manager Bruce Bochy -- again in need of a leadoff man with Blanco mired in a slump and the team coming off a horrific ...
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