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 (lēd′ôf′, -ŏf′)
1. An opening play or move.
2. One that leads off.

lead′off′ adj.



leading off or beginning.


(ˈlidˌɔf, -ˌɒf)

1. an act that starts something; start; beginning.
2. of or denoting the first baseball player in the batting order or the first player to bat in an inning.
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The act or process of bringing or being brought into existence:
Informal: kickoff.
Of, relating to, or occurring at the start of something:
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Three days after saying he didn't want career leadoff man Juan Pierre to change his approach despite the fact he was being dropped to second in the batting order behind Rafael Furcal, Dodgers manager Grady Little said before Sunday's spring-training workout that he has asked Pierre to be more patient at the plate.
Tigers leadoff hitter Alex Sanchez has proved that prolific bunting can elevate an accomplished hitter into a candidate for the batting championship.
336 on-base percentage, mostly out of the leadoff spot.
Shortstop Rafael Furcal will begin the regular season as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter, manager Grady Little said Thursday, with newly signed center fielder Juan Pierre batting immediately behind him.
Although Dodgers manager Grady Little remains tight-lipped on whether the newly signed Juan Pierre will bat first or second, one of the greatest leadoff hitters in the game's history said Monday that the fleet center fielder would be a perfect fit at the top.
I went through a similar situation in Florida with Luis Castillo, who was an established leadoff man and a great leadoff man," said Pierre, who was traded to the Marlins from Colorado the winter after the 2002 season, during which Castillo had a 35-game hitting streak.
Without actually saying so, Little sounded like he was leaning toward using Pierre in the leadoff spot and batting Furcal third -- something that has more to do with Furcal and his .
is somehow worth five years and $50million to the Angels as their new leadoff man and center fielder, why is this his eighth team relocation since 1999?
Pierre, 29, will replace Kenny Lofton, both in center field and near the top of the order, most likely in the leadoff spot.
Leadoff man Rafael Furcal went 0 for 3 with a walk and is 1 for 7 with two walks in the series.
NEW YORK -- Following yet another afternoon chock full of Rafael Furcal heroics, including a 3-for-4 performance with an RBI and two runs scored in a 9-1 victory over the New York Mets, Dodgers manager Grady Little was asked whether he considers the hot-hitting leadoff man his team's most valuable player this season.
The Dodgers' offense in eight innings against All-Star left-hander Chris Capuano (11-10) consisted of a leadoff triple by Matt Kemp in the fifth, a sacrifice fly by Rafael Furcal to bring home Kemp with the tying run, a leadoff double by Russell Martin in the seventh and an RBI single by Kemp to drive in Martin with the deciding run.