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    Erik Kozel is the starting catcher and also the regular leadoff batter for the Santa Fe Fuego. The Pecos League All-Star is a big reason the club has clinched the first playoff berth in team history. Will Webber/The New Mexican

Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2014 10:27 pm | Updated: 11:34 pm, Sun Jul 13, 2014.

It’s one of baseball’s unwritten rules, most of which defy common logic to anyone sitting outside the dugout.

This particular code mandates that catchers shouldn’t be leadoff hitters. Baseball thinking defines them as too slow, too defensive-minded, too married to the long, looping swing of a power hitter. They simply cannot do what a stereotypical leadoff man should do, which is work the count, use small ball to get on base and use their speed to be a disruptive force on the basepaths.

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