Found February 20, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Like every manager in the history of the game, I love to tinker with batting orders. So much can happen between now and Opening Day, but when it is below freezing it is as good a time as any to think of what Terry Collins’ lineup could be this summer. Collins is on record with Ruben Tejada in the leadoff slot, but I’m suggesting a different direction. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had limited success last season when he first arrived, but pitchers figured him out. I’d like to give Nieuwenhuis the chance to lead off because he initially demonstrated patience and the ability to slap the ball around and run when he firs arrived. If he can rediscover that and become more disciplined he could develop into a good leadoff hitter, and since we’re thinking long-term let’s give it a try because there’s an upside with Nieuwenhuis hitting first. Tejada would hit second because he has good bat control, knows how to work a pitcher and can bunt. All are ideal for a No. 2 hitter. Tejada can also hit-and-run and...

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Like every manager in the history of the game, I love to tinker with batting orders. So much can happen between now and Opening Day, but when it is below freezing it is as good a time as any to think of what Terry Collins’ lineup could be this summer. Collins is on record with Ruben Tejada in the leadoff slot, but I’m suggesting a different direction. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had...

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