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Where Does Jacoby Ellsbury Rate Among Leadoff Men in Boston Red Sox History?
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Another run scored for Ellsbury—one of 119 in 2011.

Boston Red Sox fans are wondering what Bobby Valentine's Opening Day lineup is going to look like, and while the skipper isn't talking yet, there is speculation that Jacoby Ellsbury will vacate the leadoff spot. If he does, he'll be a tough No. 1 man to top.

The Sox were a major disappointment in 2011, but Ellsbury—already a proven hitter and two-time stolen base champ—emerged as a superstar. The fleet center fielder batted .321 with 32 homers, 39 steals and 105 RBI, great numbers for anybody but outstanding for someone who spent 144 of his 158 games atop the batting order.

Throw in his Gold Glove, and it's no wonder Ells was runner-up to Justin Verlander in the MVP voting. 

How does Ellsbury's season rank among the best by a Red Sox hitter batting primarily leadoff? Let's take a look.  

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