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I got a little curious as to the top 10 Yankees lead off hitters who started the game batting first with atleast 1 plate appearance. Here is what Baseball-Reference has told me:
Rk Player AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OPS
1 Earle Combs 4496 1460 46 486 542 209 .325 .862
2 Horace Clarke 4271 1084 24 261 318 321 .254 .617
3 Willie Randolph 3152 878 20 235 506 231 .279 .736
4 Frankie Crosetti 2856 718 50 262 372 395 .251 .719
5 Derek Jeter 2478 794 73 277 272 407 .320 .863
6 Rickey Henderson 2278 657 77 252 403 277 .288 .851
7 Chuck Knoblauch 2102 571 49 200 259 243 .272 .767
8 Whitey Witt 1716 513 11 127 198 90 .299 .745
9 Hank Bauer 1677 461 75 222 173 215 .275 .819
10 Tony Kubek 1754 459 31 145 84 183 .262 .669
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 3/26/2010.

Outside of Earle Combs, no other player on that list has a batting average over .300 other than El Capitan, Derek Jeter. However, Jeter has a higher OPS. Interesting to see Rickey Henderson as compared to Jeter. For your information, Johnny Damon came in at number 11.

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First off…Happy Birthday Don Zimmer. He turns 78 years-old today.

     The St. Petersburg Times reports that Don Zimmer suffered a minor stroke last month. He is getting better though, and is trying to regain the speech and mobility he lost. His goal is to rejoin the Tampa Rays in Spring Training. This would be his 61st season in the game. That’s absolutely amazing. Let’s all hope that Zim has a quick recovery and returns to the baseball diamond this season.

With family gathered at their Seminole condo for wife Soot’s birthday on Dec. 23, several relatives noticed Zimmer was not his usual self. “They could see something was wrong,” he said. “I wasn’t talking right. I was very quiet, and that’s not me. Everyone noticed it.”

Zimmer said an MRI exam and other tests confirmed he “had a small stroke” but he has made considerable progress in the past two weeks. “I’m hoping to be in spring training,” he said.

“I never felt bad,” he said. “I never had anything bother me except that I’m a little wobbly and I’m slow taking a step. A week and a half ago, there’s no way I could talk to you.

”But I’m getting better.”

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Here are a bunch of headlines………

Lastings Milledge to the Yanks?  /  The Great Derek Jeter Conspiracy

Cashman concerned about Rivera & Posada

Yanks were ready to trade Posada for Big Unit & bring in Varitek?

Kubek devotes his time to helping immigrants

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