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Collins: Eric Young, Jr. Is Primary Leadoff Candidate

By Danny Abriano

Sorry, but I’m about to go off a bit.

Sep 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) looks on during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Collins recently told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that as of now, Eric Young, Jr. is the primary candidate to be the team’s leadoff hitter.

There are so many problems with this, so let’s address them:

1. Eric Young, Jr. doesn’t get on base enough to justify being a leadoff hitter.

2. The whole notion of “leadoff hitter” is flawed, being that they’re only guaranteed to lead off an inning once per game.

3. Eric Young, Jr. is a poor defensive outfielder.

4. If Eric Young, Jr. was the team’s leadoff hitter, it would almost certainly come at the expense of Juan Lagares, who is one of the best defensive center fielders in all of baseball.

Everything Terry Collins says has to be partially ignored, being that it’s likely Sandy Alderson, not Collins, who will make the decision regarding who gets the bulk of the playing time.

Still, seeing a comment like this from Collins is disconcerting since it proves that he’s completely out of touch with value and how to properly use it.

One does not simply deserve to lead off because he’s fast.  If that was the case, Usain Bolt could be the leadoff hitter.  It doesn’t work that way, though.

Using Eric Young, Jr. as the leadoff hitter while putting his sub-par glove in the outfield at the expense of Juan Lagares would be the height of stupidity.

Eric Young, Jr. is a solid fourth outfielder. That’s it.

He’s not a starting player.  He’s not a good outfielder.  He’s not someone who should cause the Mets to relegate one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball to the bench.

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