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.
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