For the last two years, a great number of people (including myself) have become fond of pointing out the idiocy of the Mets keeping Jose Reyes in the leadoff spot despite his chronically awful OBP. But recently, SI’s Tom Verducci has written arguing that because of his high numbers of extra base hits and his high stolen base percentage, Reyes is actually the second best leadoff man in the NL. When I first saw the article, I almost didn’t read it because I figured here was just another idiot sportswriter underestimating the importance of OBP. But when I read through it, I thougth that Verducci made some pretty interesting arguments and surprisingly found myself a little bit convinced.
What do you guys think? Is Jose Reyes actually a decent leadoff guy?