Found July 26, 2012 on Dempsey's Army:
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At long last, Nick Markakis has been made the team's leadoff hitter. I have suggested such a solution several times on this blog but it's hardly a revolutionary idea. Since the collapse of Brian Roberts' performance and body, there is no one else on the team who demonstrates such patience and on base skills as Markakis does. Nolan Reimold was the only player who comes close and he can't stay on the field. But instead, Buck Showalter has favored speed over on base skills and given the majority of leadoff at bats to the like of Endy Chavez and Robert Andino.Among Oriole leadoff hitters with more than three games in the spot, only Xavier Avery (.309), Nolan Reimold (.328) and Nick Markakis (.411) have OBP's higher than .300.Let's take a closer look at that .411 mark for Markakis. Splits for Nick based on batting order for 2012:Split G GS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TBBatting 1st 12 12 5 1 .353 .411 .451 .862 23Batting 3rd 50 50 22 37 .256 .333 .452 ...
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