Searching for the right leadoff hitter

Shortly after posting Wednesday’s lineup card, which shuffled the leadoff spot in the batting order yet again, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked with’s Dan Kolko about what makes a quality leadoff hitter so tough to find.

With Brian Roberts on the disabled list since the middle of May, Showalter has turned to a few different guys in hopes of finding a spark at the top of the lineup. In his video blog, the O’s skipper talks about how even though Robert Andino, Felix Pie and even J.J. Hardy have played well at times in the one-hole, it’s still tough to find the right mix of skills to properly handle the role.

What qualities does Showalter value most in a leadoff hitter? What do the “computer minds” feel is the best strategy when it comes to constructing the top of a lineup? Would Showalter ever consider putting Adam Jones in the one-hole?

You’ll find answers to all those questions in the skipper’s video blog.

If you have a question for Buck, drop it in the comment box below, and he might answer it in his next post!