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If you're a big baseball fan - as I am - then you know that a team's leadoff hitter plays a determinative role in the club's success or failure.
Great leadoff hitters - guys like Rickey Henderson, Richie Ashburn and Ichiro Suzuki - are terrific "table-setters." As the first hitter to the plate, their job is to "get something started" by getting on base in any way possible - and to serve as an emotional catalyst for the rest of the team... and for the fans in the stadium.
Some of baseball's all-time best leadoff guys were masters at igniting momentum - and their nicknames reflected that skill. One leadoff maestro that I bet lots of you folks remember was Paul "The Ignitor" Molitor, a Hall of Fame player for the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays who now manages the Twins.
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