Rank 'Em: MLB Leadoff Hitters

Created: January 12, 2009, 8:16 AM

Who is picking up where Rickey Henderson left off?

Bill James once famously suggested you could cut Rickey Henderson in half and still come away with two Hall of Fame players. The tough part, of course, would be deciding which one to put at the top of a batting order.

And so as baseball honors the man recognized by many, including himself, as the greatest leadoff hitter the game has ever known, we're curious how you rank the current crop of leadoff hitters, SportsNation.

Henderson was unique in his ability to hit for power, get on base consistently and create havoc once there, but the current ranks of leadoff hitters offer a wide selection of power, discipline and speed. Who is at the top of your list of hitters at the top of the order?
 
 
  • New York Yankees

    2008 Stats
    .303 BA, .375 OBP
    168 H, 64 BB
    95 R, 29 SB
    17 HR, 71 RBI
  • Kansas City Royals

    2008 Stats
    .307 BA, .366 OBP
    159 H, 46 BB
    70 R, 11 SB
    12 HR, 73 RBI
  • Arizona Diamondbacks

    2008 Stats
    .291 BA, .333 OBP
    178 H, 41 BB
    91 R, 3 SB
    21 HR, 67 RBI
  • Los Angeles Angels

    2008 Stats
    .276 BA, .367 OBP
    125 H, 62 BB
    72 R, 34 SB
    1 HR, 22 RBI
  • Los Angeles Dodgers

    2008 Stats
    .357 BA, .439 OBP
    51 H, 20 BB
    34 R, 8 SB
    5 HR, 16 RBI
  • Detroit Tigers

    2008 Stats
    .280 BA, .365 OBP
    155 H, 71 BB
    112 R, 12 SB
    22 HR, 66 RBI
  • Texas Rangers

    2008 Stats
    .319 BA, .375 OBP
    165 H, 45 BB
    102 R, 26 SB
    18 HR, 71 RBI
  • Pittsburgh Pirates

    2008 Stats
    .276 BA, .356 OBP
    165 H, 65 BB
    113 R, 23 SB
    26 HR, 94 RBI
  • Florida Marlins

    2008 Stats
    .301 BA, .400 OBP
    177 H, 92 BB
    125 R, 35 SB
    33 HR, 67 RBI
  • New York Mets

    2008 Stats
    .297 BA, .358 OBP
    204 H, 66 BB
    113 R, 56 SB
    16 HR, 68 RBI
  • Baltimore Orioles

    2008 Stats
    .296 BA, .378 OBP
    181 H, 82 BB
    107 R, 40 SB
    9 HR, 57 RBI
  • Philadelphia Phillies

    2008 Stats
    .277 BA, .349 OBP
    154 H, 58 BB
    76 R, 47 SB
    11 HR, 59 RBI
  • Seattle Mariners

    2008 Stats
    .310 BA, .361 OBP
    213 H, 51 BB
    103 R, 43 SB
    6 HR, 42 RBI
  • Chicago Cubs

    2008 Stats
    .280 BA, .344 OBP
    127 H, 43 BB
    76 R, 19 SB
    29 HR, 75 RBI
  • Cleveland Indians

    2008 Stats
    .268 BA, .374 OBP
    170 H, 98 BB
    101 R, 38 SB
    33 HR, 90 RBI