Oakland not practicing what it preaches

Updated: July 31, 2003, 8:17 AM ET
By Jim Baker | ESPN Insider

My first reaction upon seeing that the Oakland A's had traded for Jose Guillen was surprise. The two parties did not seem compatible. The Athletics -- as we all know by now -- are the organization that popularized plate discipline and taking advantage of the cheap commodity known as the base on balls. Guillen, to the contrary, is a player who draws a walk less than once every twenty trips to the plate. That's less than half of the frequency preached by general manager Billy Beane and assistant GM Paul DePodesta in the justly popular Michael Lewis book, Moneyball.

Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at bottlebat@gmail.com.

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