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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
15 5120 .262 .339 .485 .273 8
Birth Date6-15-1972
Height6' 8"
Weight205 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 DET 23 27 109 101 10 24 5 1 3 40 8 30 0 0 0 11 0 0 .238 .294 .396 .233 -2.6 0.5 -0.2
1996 DET 24 100 411 376 56 94 14 0 27 189 29 127 0 6 0 72 0 1 .250 .299 .503 .266 7.8 -7.4 0.0
1997 DET 25 159 681 580 105 160 28 3 32 290 93 144 3 5 0 117 1 3 .276 .376 .500 .296 28.8 -1.1 2.7
1998 DET 26 157 673 602 84 175 37 0 34 314 63 128 3 5 0 103 3 3 .291 .358 .522 .300 29.9 -7.5 2.2
1999 DET 27 143 609 536 74 150 29 0 31 272 64 133 6 3 0 99 2 1 .280 .361 .507 .279 15.2 0.9 1.5
2000 DET 28 60 232 208 32 57 14 0 13 110 24 51 0 0 0 37 0 0 .274 .349 .529 .276 7.8 2.1 0.9
2001 DET 29 126 497 428 67 123 29 3 16 206 62 108 1 6 0 75 0 1 .287 .374 .481 .279 11.8 -3.6 0.8
2002 BOS 30 90 298 275 25 57 12 1 3 80 21 57 1 1 0 29 0 0 .207 .265 .291 .208 -14.2 2.1 -1.2
2003 NYN 31 125 280 254 29 59 13 0 16 120 24 73 1 1 0 43 0 0 .232 .300 .472 .258 1.8 -3.6 -0.2
2004 NYA 32 106 283 253 37 56 12 0 16 116 26 92 2 2 0 49 0 0 .221 .297 .458 .255 2.3 -0.3 0.2
2005 ARI 33 130 393 349 47 106 22 2 30 222 37 88 1 6 0 87 0 0 .304 .366 .636 .317 27.4 -8.7 1.9
2006 ARI 34 79 147 132 13 26 4 0 6 48 13 40 2 0 0 16 0 0 .197 .279 .364 .213 -5.0 -2.2 -0.7
2007 ARI 35 113 245 221 31 55 5 1 17 113 21 59 0 3 0 51 0 0 .249 .310 .511 .260 2.4 -1.4 0.1
2008 ARI 36 38 77 63 7 13 2 0 2 21 12 23 1 1 0 13 0 0 .206 .338 .333 .233 -2.1 0.9 -0.1
2008 SDN 36 70 107 88 5 21 3 0 1 27 19 32 0 0 0 11 0 0 .239 .374 .307 .254 0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 ARI 37 36 78 66 7 12 4 0 4 28 11 24 0 1 0 11 0 0 .182 .295 .424 .236 -0.8 0.7 -0.0
Career155951204532629118823311251219652712092140082469.262.339.485.273110.6-28.58.0

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1990 BRI Rk 25 80 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .250 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 NIA A- 27 94 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .457 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 LAK A+ 36 139 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TRN AA 107 437 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .342 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOL AAA 25 106 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .338 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 DET MLB 27 109 .233 .258 .331 .406 .254 .309 103 -3.3 3.3 -2.1 0.5 0.8 -2.6 -0.2 -2.6 -0.2
1995 TOL AAA 110 463 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .321 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 DET MLB 100 411 .266 .274 .344 .442 .266 .294 99 2.8 12.7 -8.1 -7.4 -1.3 7.8 0.0 7.8 0.0
1996 TOL AAA 55 225 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DET MLB 159 681 .296 .268 .335 .423 .262 .313 97 26.7 18.8 -12.9 -1.1 -1.4 28.8 2.7 28.8 2.7
1998 DET MLB 157 673 .300 .269 .333 .429 .263 .317 98 29.5 18.3 -12.8 -7.5 -5.7 29.9 2.2 29.9 2.2
1999 DET MLB 143 609 .279 .274 .344 .435 .263 .317 99 13.8 17.0 -12.2 0.9 -1.7 15.2 1.5 15.2 1.5
1999 TOL AAA 0 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 DET MLB 60 232 .276 .282 .358 .457 .271 .306 93 4.5 6.6 -4.7 2.1 0.5 7.8 0.9 7.8 0.9
2000 TOL AAA 0 23 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .050 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 126 497 .279 .265 .329 .427 .260 .345 99 10.5 13.6 -9.3 -3.6 -4.4 11.8 0.8 11.8 0.8
2002 BOS MLB 90 298 .208 .269 .336 .431 .269 .250 98 -16.4 8.0 -5.4 2.1 -0.9 -14.2 -1.2 -14.2 -1.2
2003 NYN MLB 125 280 .258 .258 .325 .414 .257 .259 99 -0.7 7.4 -4.3 -3.6 0.4 1.8 -0.2 1.8 -0.2
2003 SLU A+ 1 4 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYA MLB 106 283 .255 .265 .337 .419 .258 .272 104 -1.4 8.4 -5.2 -0.3 -1.1 2.3 0.2 2.3 0.2
2005 ARI MLB 130 393 .317 .260 .326 .416 .258 .321 106 23.8 11.3 -6.4 -8.7 -1.6 27.4 1.9 27.4 1.9
2006 ARI MLB 79 147 .213 .266 .330 .437 .266 .233 100 -7.7 4.4 -2.1 -2.2 -0.5 -5.0 -0.7 -5.0 -0.7
2006 TUC AAA 2 7 .432 .233 .327 .381 .256 .200 105 1.1 0.2 -0.1 0.1 0.0 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
2007 ARI MLB 113 245 .260 .257 .325 .402 .252 .257 103 -0.1 7.3 -4 -1.4 -1.0 2.4 0.1 2.4 0.1
2008 ARI MLB 38 77 .233 .257 .325 .409 .260 .282 97 -2.3 2.2 -1.1 0.9 -1.8 -2.1 -0.1 -2.1 -0.1
2008 SDN MLB 70 107 .254 .257 .327 .400 .256 .364 91 -0.7 3.1 -0.9 0.1 -1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 ARI MLB 36 78 .236 .251 .323 .391 .255 .205 103 -2 2.2 -1.1 0.7 -0.5 -0.8 -0.0 -0.8 -0.0
2009 RNO AAA 7 30 .242 .270 .346 .417 .268 .150 121 -0.6 0.9 -0.6 0.1 -0.2 -0.5 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1990 BRI Rk 80 2 12 2 0 1 8 6 28 0 0 .164 .237 .233 .068 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 NIA A- 94 12 26 9 0 5 17 9 34 1 0 .306 .372 .588 .282 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 LAK A+ 139 14 31 4 1 1 22 18 32 0 1 .265 .358 .342 .077 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOL AAA 106 10 24 4 0 2 13 12 25 2 0 .261 .346 .370 .109 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TRN AA 437 50 110 25 0 21 86 40 113 0 4 .279 .347 .503 .223 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 DET MLB 109 10 24 5 1 3 11 8 30 0 0 .238 .294 .396 .158 .233 -2.6 0.5 -0.2
1995 TOL AAA 463 50 98 17 2 14 63 52 129 0 2 .242 .333 .398 .156 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 DET MLB 411 56 94 14 0 27 72 29 127 0 1 .250 .299 .503 .253 .266 7.8 -7.4 0.0
1996 TOL AAA 225 42 58 7 1 14 36 31 58 1 1 .299 .396 .562 .263 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 DET MLB 681 105 160 28 3 32 117 93 144 1 3 .276 .376 .500 .224 .296 28.8 -1.1 2.7
1998 DET MLB 673 84 175 37 0 34 103 63 128 3 3 .291 .358 .522 .231 .300 29.9 -7.5 2.2
1999 TOL AAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 .000 .250 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 DET MLB 609 74 150 29 0 31 99 64 133 2 1 .280 .361 .507 .228 .279 15.2 0.9 1.5
2000 DET MLB 232 32 57 14 0 13 37 24 51 0 0 .274 .349 .529 .255 .276 7.8 2.1 0.9
2000 TOL AAA 23 1 2 1 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 .091 .130 .273 .182 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 DET MLB 497 67 123 29 3 16 75 62 108 0 1 .287 .374 .481 .194 .279 11.8 -3.6 0.8
2002 BOS MLB 298 25 57 12 1 3 29 21 57 0 0 .207 .265 .291 .084 .208 -14.2 2.1 -1.2
2003 NYN MLB 280 29 59 13 0 16 43 24 73 0 0 .232 .300 .472 .240 .258 1.8 -3.6 -0.2
2003 SLU A+ 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 NYA MLB 283 37 56 12 0 16 49 26 92 0 0 .221 .297 .458 .237 .255 2.3 -0.3 0.2
2005 ARI MLB 393 47 106 22 2 30 87 37 88 0 0 .304 .366 .636 .332 .317 27.4 -8.7 1.9
2006 ARI MLB 147 13 26 4 0 6 16 13 40 0 0 .197 .279 .364 .167 .213 -5.0 -2.2 -0.7
2006 TUC AAA 7 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .429 .833 .500 .432 1.4 0.1 0.2
2007 ARI MLB 245 31 55 5 1 17 51 21 59 0 0 .249 .310 .511 .262 .260 2.4 -1.4 0.1
2008 ARI MLB 77 7 13 2 0 2 13 12 23 0 0 .206 .338 .333 .127 .233 -2.1 0.9 -0.1
2008 SDN MLB 107 5 21 3 0 1 11 19 32 0 0 .239 .374 .307 .068 .254 0.0 0.1 0.0
2009 ARI MLB 78 7 12 4 0 4 11 11 24 0 0 .182 .295 .424 .242 .236 -0.8 0.7 -0.0
2009 RNO AAA 30 1 4 1 0 1 2 5 4 0 0 .160 .300 .320 .160 .242 -0.5 0.1 -0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 765 0.4157 0.4471 0.6550 0.6981 0.2685 0.7838 0.4167 0.3450
2009 309 0.4628 0.4466 0.6667 0.6294 0.2892 0.7889 0.4375 0.3333
Career10740.42930.4470.65840.67830.27450.78530.42270.3416

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-05-05 2009-06-19 15-DL 45 41 Right Hand Sprain - -
2009-04-07 2009-04-11 DTD 4 3 Right Hand Soreness - -
2009-03-27 2009-03-30 Camp 3 0 Right Hand Sprain - -
2008-08-10 2008-08-13 DTD 3 2 Foot Contusion Foul Ball - -
2008-04-18 2008-04-23 DTD 5 5 - Groin Strain - -
2007-08-27 2007-08-30 DTD 3 3 - Head Concussion Non-baseball Related - -
2007-05-27 2007-05-28 DTD 1 1 - Head Concussion Contact with Ground While Fielding and Lacerated Chin - -
2006-09-14 2006-10-01 DTD 17 15 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2006-09-20 -
2006-07-17 2006-08-25 15-DL 39 36 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2006-07-10 2006-07-16 DTD 6 2 Right Shoulder Inflammation - -
2006-07-05 2006-07-09 DTD 4 3 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2005-09-30 2005-09-30 DTD 0 0 Left Knee Soreness - -
2005-08-17 2005-08-18 DTD 1 1 - Lower Leg Contusion Shin - -
2003-08-10 2003-08-16 DTD 6 4 Shoulder Contusion Batted Ball - -
2002-08-05 2002-08-08 DTD 3 2 Right Thigh Cramp Hamstring - -
2001-09-23 2001-10-08 15-DL 15 14 Right Wrist Inflammation - -
2001-08-30 2001-09-01 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Separation - -
2001-07-19 2001-07-21 DTD 2 2 Right Shoulder Sprain - -
2001-05-08 2001-05-08 DTD 0 0 - Low Back Stiffness - -
2001-04-14 2001-04-17 DTD 3 1 - Low Back Soreness - -
2000-09-18 2000-10-02 60-DL 14 13 - Low Back Strain - -
2000-07-15 2000-09-01 15-DL 48 46 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Disk Injury - -
2000-05-13 2000-06-12 15-DL 30 25 Left Trunk Strain Ribcage - -
1999-05-26 1999-06-11 15-DL 16 14 Right Shoulder Sprain Sternoclavicular Joint - -
1998-09-01 1998-09-03 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Hyperextension - -
1998-06-03 1998-06-04 DTD 1 1 - Shoulder Soreness - -
1998-05-02 1998-05-06 DTD 4 2 Left Shoulder Inflammation Rotator Cuff - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 ARI $800,000
2008 SDN $900,000
2007 ARI $1,034,000
2006 ARI $1,034,000
2005 ARI $750,000
2004 NYA $750,000
2002 BOS $5,000,000
2001 DET $4,462,500
2000 DET $3,862,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$18,593,000
9 yrTotal$18,593,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 Last year was one of those seasons where Clark's performance couldn't overcome his reputation as a clubhouse leader and role model to young players. As easy as it would be to write him off, Clark has become something like the Bret Saberhagen of bench bats, seemingly only producing in every other year. It's not like it's going to cost a lot to see if you can find that odd-year magic again.
2008 It's the park that gives him value. Clark launched 14 of his 17 homers last season (and 36 of his 53 as a Snake) in Phoenix. That's not a bad thing in itself; carrying Clark for some home-based power is better than carrying someone who can't exploit the park. The problem is the expectation that he's something more than that. Clark needed to re-sign with the Diamondbacks more than the Diamondbacks needed to re-sign him as a free agent. They've let him know they're no longer interested; he won't be nearly as valuable for anybody else.
2007 His 2005 was regal, impressive, and mighty, like the elegance of a trumpet voluntary. His 2006 season was more like a pack of fourth graders playing trombone for the very first time with no instruction during a locust infestation. Rumors of him being traded to the Cubs to fill in for the injured Derrek Lee never materialized; instead he remained in Arizona, injured his shoulder, and watched his EqA drop nearly 100 points from the year before. He had surgery just after the season, and should be healthy in time to reprise his reserve role.
2006 Empiricist David Hume had a wonderful method of evaluating arguments. When faced with an extraordinary claim, he considered the truth value of its opposite. If the opposite claim is even more extraordinary, he knew to reject the greater miracle. Here`s an example of the Hume test in action: as a 33-year-old Clark posted the second-highest EqA in team history among players with significant playing time, a mark that was also 25 points higher than his previous best. Clark had the second-highest SLG (behind Derrek Lee, and ahead of Albert Pujols) of all NL players with more than 300 PAs. It was more than 100 points higher than his previous high in SLG. Based on that showing, Clark got a two-year deal that could block the development of younger, better first basemen. Does Clark`s career year in a carefully managed role indicate he`s more valuable in the short-term than the development of 23-year old minor-league stud Conor Jackson? As long as the D-Backs continue to accept the greater miracle--that Clark will maintain his `05 rates and they`re better off with him in the lineup--things will not improve as quickly as they could.
2005 Terrific guy, terrible player. Clark would be a useful platoon player/spot starter if he didn't get into funks where he is incapable of making contact with anything smaller than God's own telephone pole. He finished the season in just such a slump, then proceeded to kill the Yankees in the playoffs. After hitting lefties well for the last few years, he couldn't touch them, making it impossible to know just when to play him. The Yankees can do better, even for a backup.
2003 When a young player fails in his first shot at the majors, the media pundits nod their heads sagely and talk about how you can never be certain how a prospect will fare in the majors. What they tend to ignore is that major league veterans also donít come with any guarantees. Tony Clark had been consistently valuable with Detroit, but then entirely fell apart this year. A prospect would have been returned to the minors by the end of April. As a highly paid veteran, Clarkís performance was allowed to remain as a team millstone for the entire season.
2002 Clark is a remarkable streak hitter, which has obscured the fact that his final numbers are as predictable as a Jerry Colangelo cash call. Much maligned in Detroit because of his propensity for slumps and DL stints, he got unfairly lumped with guys like Deivi Cruz and Juan Encarnacion, even though Clark is a good player who may have his best years ahead of him. He could break out big with the Red Sox this season; 40 homers isnít unlikely.
2001 In Motown-speak, Tony Clark cut an EP last year. The abbreviated release used the same formula as his recent LPs; it started out slowly and heated up in the middle tracks before settling into an acceptable but uninspiring groove. A bulging disc in his back ended last yearís session and gives rise to doubts about whether heíll be able to survive the 2001 summer tour. The Tigers are banking that Eric Munson will be ready to replace Clark in the limelight when Clark's contract ends this year.
2000 At 28, itís time to stop expecting more of Clark than heís already shown. Heís capable of tremendous streaks, like the second-half binge that turned a horrible start (four home runs through May) into a respectable season. Heís neither a problem nor a solution now, but is likely to be a problem by the time the Tigers surround him with the good hitters they need.
1999 Heís got about 3 full seasons in the bag, yet remains a bit of a mystery. Wonderful power from both sides of the plate, but heís prone to huge slumps and his terrible April (.232, no power) was a big factor in the Tigersí 6-18 start. Heís an error-prone, but extremely agile, first baseman, and heís as consistent between seasons as anyone. Itís hard for the Tigers to see the talent he showed in 1996, with as little baseball experience as he had, and not feel a little disappointed. Clark is slightly above-average for his position; if he can take his established game one step further, heíll be a star. But heís not capable of being the sole anchor of a championship lineup.
1998 A lot of pundits are calling him the next real superstar at first base in the American League. Thatís possible, but Iím not betting on it. Clark showed great improvement early in the year, then hit like a minor league first baseman after the All-Star break, posting a disappointing .761 OPS in the second half. He may have been tired or fighting injuries, but I think pitchers figured out how to work his big strike zone. I donít think heíll even approach the Vlad projection above in 1998.
1997 One of the great stories in baseball. Clark was the #2 pick in all of baseball, right after Chipper Jones, in 1990, but his insistence on playing college basketball at San Diego State hindered his development for three years. His first pro manager called him a non-prospect after his first game, and after the 1993 season he looked like the mother of all blown draft picks. Since returning to baseball full time he has shown jaw-dropping power from both sides of the plate. Heís a cripple hitter, hitting .437 with a .930 slugging average when ahead in the count last year.

He still has holes in his swing the size of a small satellite, but he also has a lot more potential to improve than most 25-year-olds. I wonít guarantee that he will continue to improve, but I will say this: donít bet against him. Heís been written off before, and the improvement in his game was borderline miraculous. The Vlad looks about right, but thereís a lot of variance there.
1996  He's finally reached the majors. Now what? He's 24, has a strike zone the size of Michigan, good but not great power, and no defensive value. He should split first base and DH with Cecil this year, mixing occasional moon shots with a .300 OBP. If he'd just had a monster year at Albuquerque, he could be Billy Ashley. As it is, he's got a lot of improving to do to get to average.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)So you think Guzman is Tony Clark....why not Adrian Gonzalez?
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth, TX)
Because he's more similar to Tony Clark, especially the physical dimensions. He's a hard player to peg because he's so young. I see the hit tool, and I think he could hit for average with very good secondary skills. He's limited to 1B, but he works his ass off and he should be able to develop into a quality glove. The power is the swing state, as he could be a 10-15 type with a lot of doubles or he could take the step where the power plays at 25+. I see him as a .285+ gap hitter with 10/15 bombs and a bunch of doubles. But its so early in the process and that projection could change a bunch. (Jason Parks)
2009-04-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)In the last 5 years or so, the following statements have been generally true about the D-Backs: (1) they have had a lot of highly-touted hitting prospects in their minor league system, (2) those same prospects are currently having a lot of trouble putting runs on the board at the major league level, and (3) Carlos Quentin didn't take off until he landed in Chicago. If you had to speculate, what do you think is going on in the desert?
(Randy from Ann Arbor, MI)
Do you have to look at Bob Melvin a little? His handling of Justin Upton this year sure is less than impressive, and he's got an affection for Tony Clark that's a little weird. Young players need to play, both for reps and so that they can develop without feeling that their career lives or dies on their next AB.

I don't know if Melvin is the cause of the stagnation of some of these guys, but I don't think he's helped them. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-04-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)AJ Mass over at ESPN said today he sees Conor Jackson being a top 10 NL hitter this season...do you think this year will be Jackson's breakout season? 100/25/100/5/320 possible?
(bateman19 from Boston)
I don't know who A.J. Mass is. Is he Hacking's brother? I also don't REALLY know what those five slashes are. I'm guessing it's a fantasy thing, but I don't play fantasy.

I will say this. Joe Sheehan always has his guys and his piece on his guys. If I was doing the opposite, if I was doing anti-guys who are NOT going to break out but in fact go backwards -- Conor Jackson is one of the first to come to mind.

Think about what Jackson did last year, and then think about Tony Clark. Basically, in 2007, the team took away Jackson's 175-200 toughest at-bats and gave them to Tony Clark. This year, he gets them back. Don't expect upward numbers with that situation. (Kevin Goldstein)


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