MLB: Happ, Springer reflect new breed of leadoff hitters

Chicago's Ian Happ (8) runs the bases after hitting a leadoff home run on opening day. (Matias J. Ocner/Miami Herald via AP)

When Ian Happ hit the first pitch the 2018 baseball season for a home run, he gave opening day an immediate highlight — but the Chicago outfielder’s shot wasn’t a total surprise.