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BEST HITTER OUTSIDE COOPERSTOWN

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Regarding saving $160 million (or more) through prudent contract management, MS (and many others) writes: How on earth is Jeff Bagwell at $6.5 million a waste of a roster spot, time, money, etc.? Sure, his power numbers are way off, but he's got an 872 OPS, and baseball can't work that with the first signs of your best player ever showing a little decline, you release or trade him.... He's still an above-average offensive player, and bound to turn it around in the next couple of months.

The best part about being involved with BP is the reader feedback.

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Regarding saving $160 million (or more) through prudent contract management, MS (and many others) writes: How on earth is Jeff Bagwell at $6.5 million a waste of a roster spot, time, money, etc.? Sure, his power numbers are way off, but he's got an 872 OPS, and baseball can't work that with the first signs of your best player ever showing a little decline, you release or trade him.... He's still an above-average offensive player, and bound to turn it around in the next couple of months.

The best part about being involved with BP is the reader feedback.

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More mailbag.

Judging from the feedback in my inbox, people are still having fun looking at the number of pitches in a plate appearance, so let's answer a few more questions from the mailbag.

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Many people brought up the point that strikeouts can only kick in at three pitches, and walks at four pitches.

The last Aim for the Head, about how offensive production varies with the number of pitches in the plate appearance, generated a lot of questions. Let's dig into the mailbag:

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August 24, 2001 12:00 am

6-4-3: Reader Mail

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Gary Huckabay

But today, I want to take this opportunity to respond to a few of the e-mails I've received from readers recently. It didn't feel right to just dominate a mailbag column with one person's stuff. Next week, I'm doing a piece called "Heaven on Earth," which could interest upwards of a dozen people.

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