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Hitters love the 'walk year'

Do players perform better in the final year of a contract? Statistically speaking, there are varying answers.

Originally Published: September 4, 2003
By Gary Huckabay | Special to ESPN.com

Nothing brings out the baser nature of people quite like talking about baseball players' salaries: fans love to complain that players are pretty much slackers or spoiled brats, getting paid to do something that they'd do for free.

Nowhere is this manifested more starkly than when we talk about a player's "walk year." In sports bars, on buses, on talk radio, in heated discussions at fantasy auctions, and even in reputable publications, you hear "he'll have a good year this year, because he's ...

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