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The game's best leading men

Originally Published: April 25, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

Kenny Lofton, a guy who's churned out base hits more readily than pithy quotes through the years, once summoned the perfect analogy to describe a good leadoff man.

The attributes required include speed and baserunning acumen, patience and a discerning eye, some pop, a swagger, the dexterity to lay down a bunt and the tenacity to keep diving back into the first-base bag to beat those always annoying pickoff throws.

"You can't put your shoes on without your socks," Lofton said in an interview ...

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