The Battle Of Leadoff Men: Schumaker Vs. Eckstien

Matt 'Frostin' FooteCorrespondent IJune 25, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 31:  Skip Schumaker #55 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on May 31, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ok first off lets make it clear I enjoy(ed) Eckstien and Schumaker both are wonderful players and leadoff men.

The Cardinals have had two amazing leadoff men ( Eckstien and Schumaker) the past 4 years. This is an article that will compare them overall and decide which was(is) a better player overall in their careers.

Skip Schumaker: 2005-Present
Batting average     .299
Hits     238
Home runs     11
Runs batted in     68
(Through 2008)

Schumaker has proven to be a very capable lead-off hitter and a very strong defensive outfielder with an above-average arm.

David Eckstien: 2001-Present
Batting average     .284
Hits     1,165
Runs batted in     312
Homeruns  33
(Through 2008)
2x All-Star selection (2005, 2006)
2x World Series Champion (2002, 2006)
2006 World Series MVP
2006 Babe Ruth Award

He is noted for his size, as he is small for a professional sports player at 5' 6". A Plus defender. Clutch hitter and just hard nosed player.

As you can see both these players are just amazing leadoff men, possibly the best in the game today. Their is no telling what Eck could have done if he would have stayed in St.Louis. Of course then we probably wouldn't have Schumaker eathier