A's, Beane continue to polarize fans

Updated: August 4, 2003, 11:42 AM ET
By Jim Baker | ESPN Insider
Thursday's piece on the Oakland A's and their walking ways brought a lot of response. First of all, thanks to everyone who pointed out that I referred to Ramon Hernandez as "Roberto" Hernandez. I felt so guilty about this that I did something to myself with a power tool over the weekend as a way of self-punishment. There was blood, screaming and intense pain but I think I have learned my lesson and will not have to so punish myself again -- at least until the next time I do something like that.

    Jim: Your article about the A's and their OBP% is interesting. The comments from Toby Price are way off base and it is because of salary considerations not player development. The 4 teams he refers to are 4 of the top 6 spenders in the league and can afford higher priced and better offensive players:

    The entire A's starting offense combined makes less than Barry Bonds himself. Or what Jason Giambi will be making in a year or two.
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