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Why plate discipline is winning strategy

In war of attrition, Red Sox and Yankees beat teams by wearing down pitching staffs

Updated: April 8, 2010, 1:30 PM ET
By Curt Schilling | ESPNBoston.com

In 1993 I had a ringside seat to "Moneyball" before it existed. If you read the book, you received clear insight into Athletics general manager Billy Beane and his approach to finding value in hitters and pitchers. It wasn't tied to the "Big Three" (homers, RBIs and average) but instead focused on much more relevant statistics as they relate to offense.

On-base percentage, to Billy, was king. After all, the goal is to not make outs, right? So if you are getting on base, a walk truly is as ...

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