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How To Be a Great Lead-Off Hitter.

I was a lead-off hitter for most of my career and i never bought into the idea that the lead-off hitter should take pitches so that his teammates can "see what the pitcher's" got.

I don't need a crystal ball to know that he at least has a fastball that he's gonna try to throw for a strike.
There’s an art to hitting leadoff that I feel doesn’t get talked a lot about.

I don’t think a high walk percentage is what makes a good lead-off hitter.

I do think it’s a low chase rate and a high hard contact percentage.
as a lead-off hitter, your job is to: 

  • put pressure on the defense
  • make the pitcher work
  • get on base
  • get in scoring position

It doesn’t mean you have to:

  • take until you get a strike
  • run the count full
  • see 8 pitches
  • hit with two strikes or behind in the count
  • sacrifice your at-bat so your teammates can see what he has

If you’re swinging at a strike, you made the pitcher work for it.

You’re taking quality swings on quality pitches.

If you swing, it needs to be a strike, and then you’re tough with two.

Takes a day to buy in, but a lifetime to master.

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