cho here.drake, you take a complex question and oversimplify it in the same way my grandmother thinks she can push a button on the computer and have tea poured for her.in this article, there is a table that totals all the AB's from 1993 to 2004. if you normalize, leadoff gets 10% extra AB's per year, 2nd gets 6.6%, and third gets 6.2%. the difference from 2nd and 3rd in the lineup averages about 2 AB per year.the other side that you need to factor in is how many baserunners you lose by having barry hit 2nd instead of third.i don't think 2 extra AB's per year is worth it. the extra's baserunners are.go cubs!!
the URL i meant to link to is:http://www.retrosheet.org/Research/RuaneT/lineup_art.htm
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