Turning patience into power

Bobby Abreu has hit .299 in 14 seasons by being one of the game's most disciplined hitters.

Updated: March 9, 2010, 3:30 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's usually a look. Something between a grimace and an angry frown. Slamming the ball into your glove is a dead giveaway.

Bobby Abreu's got you.

The scoreboard might say he has two strikes. The pitcher might be ahead in the count. But when he sees that look, Abreu's in charge.

Patience is usually regarded as a passive trait. Abreu has made it powerful.

"You can see it on their face sometimes. I take a lot of pitches. I hit whatever I want to hit, ...

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