Tuesday, October 12, 2004

EXcub factors in the ALCS: Kenny Lofton

Kenny Lofton has been one of MLB's best leadoff men over the past decade. Is it a coincidence that when the Cubs acquired him in the second half of 2003 they started winning? Lofton wasn't on the Cubs long. But he was on the team long enough to bring an attitude to the '03 Cubs. He was also on the team long enough to have a dust up with Sammy following the NLCS. The fight with Sammy along with Jim Hendry's "C-Pat love" sent Lofton packing after '03. Now he's just another former All Star on the Yankees bench.

Word around NY is that GM Cashman will probably move Lofton at the end of the year. As the Cubs found out this year, good leadoff men are hard to find. A team will probably take a chance on Lofton, and see if he has one more good season in the tank.

Lofton has put up some very impressive career numbers:
1728 G, .297 BA, .372 OBP, 1296 R, 2019 H, 545 SB, and check out this strikeout to walk ratio -- 882 SO, 812 BB

Lofton has always played on winning teams.

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