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Chavez has plenty to prove in '04

One of the biggest questions facing Eric Chavez is, will he ever improve batting against lefty pitchers?

Originally Published: March 26, 2004
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Revisiting Monday's column (and after this I'll write about some team other than the Athletics, I promise) ...

Rob,

I agree that Eric Chavez is the best third baseman in the AL, but isn't it kind of dangerous to give the man $11 million a year on the assumption that eventually he'll learn to hit left-handed pitching? I remember this being an issue when he was in the minors, too. There have been some otherwise great talents, like Von Hayes, for whom this has been a perpetual problem. ...

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