Lee prefers to hit fourth, and he's expressed as much to his manager. That said, Lee has no intentions to make this an issue in the clubhouse. He'll do what he's asked, even if it means hitting fifth.This kind of story comes out every spring, and I never really understand it. Is this an ego thing about being the big bad cleanup hitter? Sometimes it is, but Lee doesn't say so. A stats thing? Maybe, but there's not a whole hell of a lot of difference between four and five, is there? Superstition? Given the lack of any other reason for Lee's feelings on the subject that's as good a guess as any.
"I'm trying to do what's best for the team," Lee said. "I don't like it, but you've got to do it. I work here. You're paid to go out there and do your job, regardless of what position you hit in the lineup. My job is to get RBIs, drive guys in. You've got to do it even if I'm hitting seventh or eighth."
Thursday, March 13, 2008
The Five Hole
Carlos Lee doesn't like batting fifth: