Spring Training is just around the corner and that means we've reached the time of year where fans and writers start speculating about the batting order. Pete Grathoff has kicked thing off at the Kansas City Star. It's an interesting read if only for the fact that Pete apparently thinks there are people who want Alex Gordon to hit fifth. 51 doubles or not, I don't really believe there's anyone who wants him to bat that far down in the lineup.

The Royals in their history have been prone to throwing a speedster at the top of the lineup regardless of an ability to get on base. I single Kansas City out here because this is a Royals blog but this line of thinking is popular across all of baseball. It's why somebody like Omar Moreno can accumulate over 3500 plate appearances at leadoff despite a .306 career on-base percentage. Speed kills, but it also blinds.