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      Pitch to 'em.
    Quick aside on Bonds which makes the number of home runs he's hit even more incredible. Take a look at this list from Lee Sinins, which I got in his ATM Reports. Since 1955 baseball has been recording intentional walks. This list is the career leaders vs. the league average,
                        Diff   Player  LG. Ave
    1 Barry Bonds 406 495 89
    2 Hank Aaron 163 293 130
    3 Willie McCovey 161 260 99
    4 George Brett 156 229 73
    5 Ken Griffey Jr. 151 204 53
    T6 Wille Stargell 131 227 96
    T6 Eddie Murray 131 222 91
    8 Wade Boggs 119 180 61
    T9 Frank Robinson 118 218 100
    T9 Harold Baines 118 187 69
    It's staggering that Bonds has been intentionally walked 200 times more than the next most, Hank Aaron. It's also staggering that people got intentionally walked more often in the days of Hammerin' Hank. The most staggering of all is how many home runs Bonds has run off while hardly ever being pitched to. Its also funny that Harold Baines made the list. Who was hitting behind him?

    While the intentional walks are staggering, we also have to remember how many times he actually sees good pitches to hit. Almost every time he is up, even if his team is down 4 runs, pitchers will largely pitch around him. Bonds is just that good. Bonds seems like he is playing that video game that you master and can get a hit every time up. Its unfortunate though, since I cannot stand his arrogant, self-serving attitude, but that is another story all together, I can still admit that he is the best hitter I have seen in my lifetime.

    Tangotiger, for those of you who know his work, once worked out a "When to walk Barry Bonds" matrix, based on his win expectancy chart. He looked at the expected outcome of a Bonds at bat and worked out when it was better just to put the extra guy on base. Pretty interesting stuff, but I can't seem to find it anymore, so if anyone knows offhand where it is, let me know.